Apple Quietly Changes iOS 7 Icons on Its Website

Apple Quietly Changes iOS 7 Icons on Its Website

Apple has made changes to some of the icons on its official iOS 7 website, most notably to the Weather, Passbook, and Reminders app icons. As one of the most visible aspects of the iOS revamp, the icons in iOS 7 have been subject to reactions ranging from admiration to ridicule.



The icons, which can currently only be viewed on Apple’s site using a mobile device, most notably show a completely redesigned weather app icon, ditching the clouds and sun found in the current iOS 7 beta, in favor of the live temperature, something users have been waiting for for years.

The weather icon is particularly notable, as Apple executive Phil Schiller previously noted on Twitter that a live weather icon on iOS would “waste battery.”


Passbook also received a noticeable change, losing its orange card, in favor of a more muted green color scheme. There are also added subtle details on the card edges. Reminders, while changed, shows a more muted color scheme, with a gray background.

The Photos app icon received a tiny tweak with an updated color pallet.

This is most likely not the last set of changes we’ll see as the iOS 7 beta moves forward. As noted in a MacTrast article published on Thursday, the iOS 7 design is still a work in progress.

  1. JohnDoey says:

    The new icons are so ugly. They remind me of Adobe’s genericization of their app icons. Too much focus on making the icons match, and not enough focus on making great, useful, beautiful, self-explanatory icons. And they look like 20 year old GIF’s.

    How is the new Photos icon better than a stack of Polaroids? Why change the Safari icon but still keep the compass on a device that also has a compass? Safari looks more like a compass than the Compass app. Why try to apply uniformity to app icons on a device with 1 million apps? Why back away from photorealism on a device that has 300 dpi color managed screens?

    1. normm says:

      I agree, way too much form over function. What happened to, Design isn’t how it looks, it’s how it works? I want app icons to have cute, distinctive cartoons and beautiful detailed pictures. I don’t want a million apps with interchangeable blobs of muted colors.

      Even the new lock screen favors appearance over function. I always admired the old “slide to unlock” graphic, since it taught most of the interface in the first gesture you used. Now the only hint of what’s expected is an upward arrow just below the words “slide to unlock”. Even experienced users tend to slide the wrong way the first time they see this.

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