Apple's Yerba Buena Decoration Shows Stretched iOS Icons, Possibly Hinting at Taller iPhone 5

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Photo by Luis Gutierrez, Developer of Super Apps

Apple has finished decorating the front facade of the Yerba Buena center in preparation for their September 12th media event. Apple is expected to announce the iPhone 5 at that event. At initial glance, the front decoration seems to show no obvious clues as to their announcements.

However, one eagle eyed MacRumors forum visitor believes the facade show stretched iOS icons. Zaym points out that you can see stretched versions of iOS icons including Game Center, iTunes, Music and App Store in the image and provides an example image.

After taking the above image and skewing it and shrinking it, we've verified his findings. Several icons are clearly recognizable in their un-stretched form:

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Game Center (upside down above), iTunes and Music icons:

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Of course, speculation on the reason for the stretched icons points to the long-running rumors that Apple will be introducing a taller iPhone with a 4" diagonal screen. Our complete iPhone 5 roundup details everything we expect in the new iPhone.

Update: Another take on the icons from roosternugget:

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Top Rated Comments

ibarrett94 Avatar
127 months ago
Where are you guys getting your drugs? They must be good.
Score: 123 Votes (Like | Disagree)
bennyboy34 Avatar
127 months ago
Some people REALLY pay attention.
Score: 80 Votes (Like | Disagree)
NOV Avatar
127 months ago
Wow! A larger iPhone, now that would be a surprise!
Score: 66 Votes (Like | Disagree)
adcx64 Avatar
127 months ago
This blows my mind. Very clever.


Edit: I've looked at this a few times and still cant believe how brilliant this is.

Also: Being that Game Center is upside down, could another new App we haven't seen yet be upside down too?
Score: 35 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Cougarcat Avatar
127 months ago
I think this is evidence that each launch page will only have one row of icons, but that each row will be very tall. Icons that aren't updated will be stretched to 5x their ordinary height.


Psh, this is evidence of a 3-story iPhone.

People wanted a bigger screen, and they're getting one.
Score: 31 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ArtOfWarfare Avatar
127 months ago
I think this is evidence that each launch page will only have one row of icons, but that each row will be very tall. Icons that aren't updated will be stretched to 5x their ordinary height.

Edit: Better than MR's distorted picture, just look at the original picture from edge on (IE: open the image on an iOS device and put the charging port to your nose. Adjust the angle until you can perfectly make out the icon.)

If you're standing right against the facade of the building and look up, I imagine the icons will look right. Maybe that's all Apple was really going for when they made the banner.
Score: 28 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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