Sneak preview?

Unless you've been living under a rock, you probably know that Apple is about to show off iOS 5, the next version of the software that powers the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. But maybe we've already seen it?

This picture, obtained by the blog TechCrunch, purports to show a new, less obtrusive notifications system - one of the key improvements expected in the software. But is it real? TechCrunch were left unsure.

No clue if it’s actually real or not, but the idea might be right. Notifications that come down from the top bar could be how Apple ends up doing things in iOS 5. After all, this would mimic already existing functionality — when tethering, a blue strip appears along the top; when on the phone, it’s a green strip. Might notifications (or at least Twitter notifications) produce a gray strip?

If so, when clicked on, what happens? Does it launch the Twitter app? Or are you taken to a notifications page to show you all the notifications you’ve missed? Or does it actually copy the Android idea, where you pull down this menu to display all your notifications?

We'll find out soon enough - Apple's big keynote has just begun!

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