Rumor: Could this be iOS 5's notification system?

Apple’s WWDC conference is set to start very shortly, where the company will detail the iCloud cloud music service, Mac OS X 10.7 Lion and also the next version of iOS: iOS 5. What TechCrunch has obtained could possibly be the latter; a screenshot of the upcoming iOS5 home screen complete with what appears to be a Twitter notification right there at the top of the screen.

This shot appears to confirm two suspicions the tech world has had about what is coming in iOS 5: solid Twitter integration and notifications. TechCrunch cannot confirm the validity of the image, however given how Apple currently handles some things within the mobile OS it is more than likely this image is the real deal. For one, the way notifications appear to be handled looks very similar to the blue strip you see when tethering your device and the green strip during calls. Secondly, it is more than likely that some developers have got their hands on the OS before tomorrow’s unveiling.

Again, not much is known at this stage about the updated notifications or Twitter integration in iOS, however these are not the only features rumoured to be included with iOS 5. Other rumours have included widgets on the home screen to rival Android, automatic application updates, OTA system updates and some form of iCloud integration. All will be revealed at the opening keynote delivered by Steve Jobs, slated for 10am PST later today.

Image credit: TechCrunch

Update: Commenter Leonick rightly points out (thanks to other sites) that the font used in this notification mockup is Myriad, which is not the system font of Helvetica. This likely has debunked this photo from being real, however could be very similar to what is the real style of notifications in iOS 5.

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looks alot like the android swipe down notification area...can't wait for apple to "innovate" this though... :rolls eyes:

Lexcyn said,
Only Apple can get people to buy a new phone for one stupid feature that should have been there all along.
iOS 5 only has one new feature? iPhone 4 users won't have to buy a new phone.

Lexcyn said,
Only Apple can get people to buy a new phone for one stupid feature that should have been there all along.

And that feature is, of course, revolutionary, amazing and breathtaking. And invented by Apple.

TDT said,

And that feature is, of course, revolutionary, amazing and breathtaking. And invented by Apple.
Of course, it's magical, and awesome. It has never ever been done before on any other mobile OS.

Only 5 versions of the OS to get 'notifications'. iOS has the slowest progression of any mobile OS. They intentionally leave features out so they can introduce something in the next OS. Their UI seriously needs a major overhaul - enough of the same boring **** - it got old 3 OS revisions ago

If they reveal the iPhone 5 today I doubt this will be the "only" new feature the phone will have, but I guess it is ok to always hate on Apple ...

O5M3L said,
If they reveal the iPhone 5 today I doubt this will be the "only" new feature the phone will have, but I guess it is ok to always hate on Apple ...

I don't think it's about Apple. Could be any company out there. It's about the way the always lie, about false marketing and fooling (stupid) people into thinking that adding a "feature" that, as Lexcyn said, should've been there ages ago, is worth a phone upgrade. And not a cheap one too.
If you're selling the most expensive crap on earth, at least make it worth that kind of money. But hey, the one that asks is not the idiot, the idiot is the one that gives, right?

Does anyone else notice this photo is badly shopped? The depth of field is faked...it's a gaussian blur applied on the same picture on a second layer, then it's just erased with a large, soft brush except for on the top and bottom corners. Then, they decreased the opacity on the second layer a bit. Notice how the battery indicator isn't really blurred...just fuzzy around the edges.

As people have noted on other sites, the notification is using the wrong font, it is using Myriad instead of Helvetica which is the system font.

Leonick said,
As people have noted on other sites, the notification is using the wrong font, it is using Myriad instead of Helvetica which is the system font.

Thanks, updated the post

I am sooooo damn excited to see what the new ios will look like!! It will determine if I sell my iPhone 4 and go the route of android again or stay with Apple.

Well, that do look like the most likely way they would implement the notifications themselves.
Bit odd how it says 2 mentions though, one would think that bar would just show the notification that just came in and the disappear and not all of them which would be better place in some kind of list(which will be far more interesting to see).

Also, I sure hope they will have statusbar icons, maybe not one for every app but for the major types of notifications, sms, mail, missed call and normal notifications. If not I am sure a jailbreak will fix that

Neobond said,
Oh man, and iOS 5 isn't coming to the iPhone 4 right?

NM: iPhone 3GS isn't getting it, iPhone 4 is

Apple really need to extend life of devices, the 3gs is still a capable device and is only 2 years old, id expect better support for something you have to pay £500 for..

zikalify said,
Apple really need to extend life of devices, the 3gs is still a capable device and is only 2 years old, id expect better support for something you have to pay £500 for..

100% agreed. I'd be keen to see a technical reason why features such as this cannot work on 3Gs

njlouch said,

100% agreed. I'd be keen to see a technical reason why features such as this cannot work on 3Gs

Technical reason is that Apple want a fresh injection of your money to their bank balance.

To be fair, the 3gs would have had two years of support and one major version upgrade for free if this is true. That's a damn sight better than pretty much every Android phone, where you have no idea if it will be updated or not.

DrCheese said,
To be fair, the 3gs would have had two years of support and one major version upgrade for free if this is true. That's a damn sight better than pretty much every Android phone, where you have no idea if it will be updated or not.

Also to be fair:
iPhone got all of iOS 2, and parts of iOS 3
iPhone 3G got all of iOS3 and parts of iOS4

iPhone 3GS has the same processor architecture (Cortex A8) as the iPhone 4 just lower clock and half the RAM. So historically all things do point to a limited iOS5 release for the 3GS.

But they still sell the 3GS brand new, it would be a dickish move to not support it in some capacity, but then again this is Apple.

zikalify said,
Apple really need to extend life of devices, the 3gs is still a capable device and is only 2 years old, id expect better support for something you have to pay £500 for..

There's a really simple reason - they won't be selling the 3GS when iOS 5 comes out. They'll have iPhone 4 and 5 only on sale.

Neobond said,
Oh man, and iOS 5 isn't coming to the iPhone 4 right?

NM: iPhone 3GS isn't getting it, iPhone 4 is

don't be too happy

Neobond said,
Oh man, and iOS 5 isn't coming to the iPhone 4 right?

NM: iPhone 3GS isn't getting it, iPhone 4 is


Not sure about the 3GS but the iPod touch 3G might as it has higher specs compared to the 3GS.

Nero3000 said,

Also to be fair:
iPhone got all of iOS 2, and parts of iOS 3
iPhone 3G got all of iOS3 and parts of iOS4

iPhone 3GS has the same processor architecture (Cortex A8) as the iPhone 4 just lower clock and half the RAM. So historically all things do point to a limited iOS5 release for the 3GS.

But they still sell the 3GS brand new, it would be a dickish move to not support it in some capacity, but then again this is Apple.

Talk about fragmentation

My Android phone has gone through 3 major revisions of Android...that's pretty damn good. Also with XDA, I'll get future support for custom ROM's. iPhone can't do that.

zikalify said,
Apple really need to extend life of devices, the 3gs is still a capable device and is only 2 years old, id expect better support for something you have to pay £500 for..

Compared to who? I got an HTC Legend April last year which received its final update in December or so. Can't say I have had much better experiences with SonyEricsson and Samsung. Apple didn't drop support for my 2008 iPod touch until this year.

.Neo said,

Compared to who? I got an HTC Legend April last year which received its final update in December or so. Can't say I have had much better experiences with SonyEricsson and Samsung. Apple didn't drop support for my 2008 iPod touch until this year.

Don't let other cell phone maker practices put Apple's decision into perspective for you. Apple is evil! As for other cell phone makers, as long as there is at least one Android device receiving timely updates that excuses the whole lot according to the fandroids.

Neobond said,
Oh man, and iOS 5 isn't coming to the iPhone 4 right?

NM: iPhone 3GS isn't getting it, iPhone 4 is

So, it does support iPod 3rd gen!!