Leaked iOS 5 Home Screen Photo Reveals New Notification Bar

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Is this a leaked photograph of the new iOS 5 home screen complete with a swanky new notification bar and a revamped camera icon, or simply the work of a talented Photoshopper?

While Steve Jobs’ keynote is still hours away, this could be our first glimpse of iOS 5, courtesy of TechCrunch. The most apparent differences between the home screen in this photograph and the one you’re greeted with in iOS 4 is that new bar across the top that is displaying two Twitter notifications, and the redesigned camera icon.

To me – a completely illiterate photo editor – this image looks like it could be genuine. Firstly, instead of a whole new notification system like those we’ve seen in iOS 5 mockup images, this notification bar maintains the existing iOS design for status bar alerts associated with things like tethering, Skype and voice recording:

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Then there’s that revamped camera icon. If you were going to fake an image like this, why not just stick with the original camera icon and save yourself some work?

What’s interesting about this image is that it displays a “23º” weather icon – the same Celsius icon you’d find on European devices – as opposed to the 72º Fahrenheit icon found on U.S. devices.

Could this be the all-new notification system coupled with the all-new Twitter integration that is rumored to be coming to iOS 5? Well, I for one hope not.

Though we don’t have any information on how this notification system performs, or how it functions when you interact with its notifications, it doesn’t look anywhere near as spectacular as some of the mockups we’ve seen. And also, where are the home screen widgets? Surely they’ll be paraded on the home screen in iOS 5?

What do you think? Is this photo genuine, and what’s your opinion on that notification bar?