If you’ve been around the Apple community for a while, you’re likely aware of the company’s habit of seeding beta version of upcoming software to developers. They do this so app makers can test their software, and it’s also a nice way to help iron out the kinks.

But lucky for us, it’s also a way for us to get an inside look at Apple’s future plans. We’ve been able to spot unannounced Nuance and Siri features from within the betas, and now we may have just gotten a glimpse of what the iPhone 5 will look like…

9to5Mac just posted a screenshot  of the new Photo Stream Beta, Apple’s upcoming photo-syncing service. As you can see, the interface asks the user if they would like to take a photo, import photos into iPhoto, or drag an image to their Photo Stream.

Notice anything different about the iPhone icon? It sure matches up with a lot of the rumors we’ve been hearing lately about the iPhone 5, including a larger edge-to-edge screen and an elongated home button.

So why on earth would Apple make an icon for the iPhone that wasn’t accurate? We’re talking about a company that places design and consistency above pretty much everything else. Here’s a mockup comparison with the iPhone 4:

And if that’s not enough evidence that we’re in for a revamped iPhone design this Fall, check out this video of Leo Laporte’s Podcast. The plugged-in tech guru claims the next iPhone will be much thinner, with a curve back:

If you ask me, this evidence is worth more than all of the leaked components, cases and blurry spy shots combined. Things are definitely starting to get interesting around here. What do you think of the why the iPhone 5 is shaping up?

  • Gus

    If I had to be money, I’d say this is proof enough. Nice find by all, everyone can start getting in line already (if they like the new look)…..

  • Gus

    *bet

  • It is pretty Baddddd ASSSSSS!!!!

    – Eric

  • Rich

    When was the last time Apple used that font in an instructional dialogue like that? I say fake.

    • iCrapped

      It’s the same font as the default font in notes

      • Rich

        Sure, but it’s not used in Apple dialogue boxes. Notes is pretty much the only place it appears anymore

    • J-

      Marker Felt

  • Chico

    That looks awesome

  • bob

    Horrible proportions on the mockup. I’d be amazed if Apple could shrink the iphone down to that size and increase the screen size.

    • Érico

      i agree… and all that just for more 2″?!

  • Steve Balduran

    who sais it has a 3.7 inch screen?

  • Mark

    The elongated home button is guaranteed (not that I would want it like that)

  • Mark

    BTW, did that camping guy ever leave yet?(remember the guy that camped outside an Apple Store waiting for the iPhone 5?)

  • nameRequired

    I dont think it will be any smaller, it makes no sense, less battery, less space for an expected innovating feature? iphone is already one of the smallest smartphones on market, but about the screen proportion i think its right, but deeeeeeeeeefinite 4 inches are expected from me.

  • Techno709

    wow best fake iphone 4 and iphone 5 eva i never new the iphone 4 never had a third antena on the top looks like i was wrong my iphone 4 is the fake one cause it has a third antenna on the top of the phone

  • Djttothee

    Who gives a sh** you should stop posting these articles until you got the facts it just winds everyone up!

    Is it big, is it small.

    Who cares, I am fed up with reading these articles because one day it says something the other day it says something else!

    All a load of bull

    • J-

      This is an iPhone blog. WTF do you expect. GTFOHWTBS!

    • XepptizZ

      You could also be more selective of your reading

  • It can’t be the next iPhone, it looks too much like the Samsung Galaxy S II…