Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) appears to be increasing its tests on iOS 7 ahead of the Worldwide Developers Conference, which is scheduled for June 10 – 14. MacRumors, Onswipe, AppleInsider and other sites have reported increased traffic from devices that are running iOS 7.
According to AppleInsider staff, the traffic from iOS 7 that they have been tracking was fairly flat through April 29, although on the following day, iOS 7 traffic significantly increase and has remained high since then. Onswipe said it saw that 23 percent of its iOS traffic was from iOS 7 devices on May 2. It also said this is the highest amount of iOS 7 traffic it has ever seen.
The traffic is reportedly coming from a block of IP addresses that are known to belong to Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s headquarters in California. Although most of it seems to be coming from iPhones, there is also traffic coming from iPads using Apple’s next operating system.
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has already said that it would unveil iOS 7 at WWDC this year. It also said it would show off OS X 10.0, which is the next major update for the Mac operating system.
What Will iOS 7 Bring?
There are plenty of reports about what iOS 7 will bring with it, like possibly a mobile payments platform and a newly redesigned user interface. This will be the first update since Jony Ive took over the interface team, so a major interface redesign should not come as a huge surprise. Also we’ll likely see the skeumorphic design elements that were a big part of Scott Forstall’s designs actually disappear because Ive is said to be not much of a fan of skeumorphic elements, which are basically textured to look like objects in real life.