By Keerthi Chandrashekar / ( | First Posted: Jan 03, 2013 09:47 AM EST

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Apple's next iPhone may be coming a lot sooner than most consumers are used to. According to a new report, Apple is already testing out the iPhone 6 and iOS 7 at its Cupertino headquarters. 

Website TheNextWeb seems to have received information from developers pointing out an identifier for the iPhone 6 and iOS 7. TheNextWeb even traced the IP address from the developer logs back to Apple's Cupertino campus. 

"Although OS and device data can be faked, the unique IP footprint leading back to Apple's Cupertino campus leads us to believe this is not one of those attempts," TheNextWeb writes. 

No other details about the iPhone 6's hardware or iOS 7 features emerge from the report. TheNextWeb does state that it expects Apple to release iOS 7 in the "middle part of this year."

In the past, Apple has typically stuck to a 12-month production cycle for its iPhone lineup, but signs are indicating that will all change in 2013. Most expect Apple to move to a six-month production cycle that would allow for more major release dates a year for Apple products, meaning the next iPhone should be coming out before summer 2013 to do battle with Samsung's Galaxy S4. 

The iPhone 6 is rumored to come in 6-8 different colors, feature an HD display and camera, and have an NFC chip. The handset is also rumored to be more integrated with the Mac OS X operating system. 

What do you think about Apple releasing products more rapidly? Would you rather Apple stuck to one-year production cycles? 

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