iOS 6 to Debut on iPad 3?

Officials over at Apple were spotted using what appears to be iOS 6 on iPads, according to a recent report from Ars Technica.

The site stated that browser user agent strings appearing as iPads running iOS 6.0 have begun to show up inside their server logs.

"We began looking at iPad user agents coming from Apple's corporate IP block in Cupertino and discovered that Apple appears to be surfing the Web using iPads running what looks like iOS 6.0," wrote Ars Technica. "The whole listing shows iPads running iOS 5, iOS 5.0.1, iOS 5.1 and iOS 6."

"The iPads that appear to be running iOS 6 are also using a slightly newer build of WebKit-the older OSes all show WebKit 534.46, while the ones claiming to be iOS 6 show WebKit build 535.8," continued Ars Technica.

Although the user agent strings can sometimes be faked, Ars Technica filtered its logs to isolate only those entries coming from IPs assigned to Apple's corporate facilities and found that a good amount of visits from devices were reporting themselves as iPads running iOS 6.

The report also cited another observation that included a 2048 x 1536 screen resolution appearing in Google Analytics. These entries are not directly linked to an iPad, but it is one of the only devices on the market that can yield that high of a resolution.

These entries still prove to be somewhat inconsistent though since the new iPad should only report a 1024 x 768 resolution, according to MacRumors. Even with a higher pixel density, web content would still appear small if it reported itself at 2048 x 1536 resolution.

Could Apple be debuting the new iOS 6 on the upcoming iPad? It is possible that the company could be creating a new iOS specifically designed for its tablets, but it is highly unlikely since the new iPad is expected to introduce iOS 5.1.