According to a report on Ars Technica today, it looks extremely likely that Apple employees are using iPad 3s, possibly even ones that are running iOS 6, to surf the Internet. And just how does Ars know this, I hear you ask? Well, according to the report, the folks at Ars stumbled upon some interesting data when looking through their logs when compiling their monthly browser stat report. During their search, Ars found that the site had had 346 visits from a device with a screen resolution of 2048x1536, which is said to be the resolution of the iPad 3's Retina Display. And while Ars acknowledges that this could simply be a coincidence, and that surely there must be several other devices in circulation that might have the same resolution, after investigating the matter further, Ars found that to the contrary, there are actually hardly any other devices around with exactly that resolution, with one of the few being a $5,000 NEC display used for medical purposes. The Ars team say that this prompted them to investigate further, checking out iPad user agents from Appleís corporate IP block, where they found evidence of Apple employees surfing the Internet with iPads that seemed to be running iOS 6, among other iPads running other iOS versions. Ars says that the iPads that look to be running iOS 6 are using a newer version of WebKit. Itís doubtful that Apple will be ready to release iOS 6 with the new iPad in March, as it has still to release iOS 5.1 yet, but itís exciting to see evidence that the next major iOS update is already in the works, and as Ars says, itís possible Apple will even show a teaser preview of iOS 6 next Wednesday when it unveils the new iPad.
Source: iPads using iOS 6, high-res displays showing up in Ars server logs