Design Student Creates Side-by-Side iOS 6 and iOS 7 Icon Comparison

Let's all thank Niels for taking the time to cobble together this image, which shows what the current iOS icons look like compared to the new icons in iOS 7.

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Everyone, this is Niels. Let’s all thank Niels for taking the time to cobble together this image, which shows what the current iOS icons (on the left) look like compared to the new icons in iOS 7 (on the right).

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Niels Boey

iOS6 vs iOS7 icon comparison [Flickr user "nielsboey"]

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JonnySmith
JonnySmith

I think that with the exception of the weather icon ( because it has a temp that is not representative of the user default weather ) all the original icons look much better. 

MatteoRodrigo
MatteoRodrigo

iPhone users seem to think whatever Apple does is genius, perfect and innovative so who cares.  I found the Business Insider article that listed 7 new features that Apple copied from Android is pretty interesting.  Im curious to say what Android 5.0 will be like - will they start copying ios features?

MatteoRodrigo
MatteoRodrigo

THe icons dont make me want to move to iPhone but at least when its 40 and snowing , I wont have to look at an icon that says 73 and sunny.  Now if theyd copy even more Android features - at least make a wider screen and allow 3rd party keyboards like Swiftkey, Im in

steven_chaffin
steven_chaffin

While the changes are nothing groundbreaking and shouldn't be heralded as innovation, I do think it is important for companies to take the time to create high-quality, linear icons as Apple has done with iOS 7.  Considering my iPhone goes with me just about everywhere, even when I don't want it to, these are icons I have to put up with all the time.  Naturally, I want everything to look nice and tidy, just as I would want anywhere I reside in frequently to be tidy and organized.  

The only icon changes I think are a little odd, and perhaps could have undergone a little more thought, are the icons for Game Center and Photos.  Both seem a little out of place and abnormally generic. @steven_chaffin  

Erich Cervantez
Erich Cervantez

Striking differences. More proof of outstanding Apple innovation.

JeffKLass
JeffKLass

Actually, the old icons look like what should be the new ones, and the real new ones look just like early place-holder sketches waiting for more finished and sophisticated designs -- like the ones on the left.  Further, and more importantly, the FaceTime icon should be replaced by the Contacts icon (with the alphabet removed).  In turn, the Contacts icon should have been completely redesigned to include several smaller male and female shapes to indicate a group of people.  The only things they should have done to all of the original set of icons was to remove the curved line that was supposed to imply a curve glass-covered button with an upper reflection, and then 'uniformize' the color above where the curved line was removed.  Also, NO icons should be completely black, like the Stocks and Compass icons that will disappear on a completely black desktop.  Several of the new icons are confusing and DO NOT readily identify their app.  The hired consultants did a piss-poor job!  It looks like they just made changes for change sake.  WTF were they thinking?

jryanlaw
jryanlaw

Why would you make facetime bright green too? It's already bad enough that Phone and Messages are easily mixed up because of that... now you wanna add facetime to that too?  Just makes it harder to find the app I really want to use.

S_Deemer
S_Deemer

This is a tempest in a teapot. Except for the cryptic Game Center icon and the unnecessarily busy Newstand (which seems neither better nor worse than its iOS6 predecessor — both are bad), they all succeed, although I don't understand why they couldn't fit the temperature on the weather icon. Does it change with weather conditions? 

danstransky
danstransky

I'm looking at the icons for Photos and Game Center. I don't get it, where's the relation to the actual app????

steven_chaffin
steven_chaffin

@MatteoRodrigo I definitely agree that there are far too many people who praise Apple's every move as innovative and completely their own.  While I think Apple has contributed to the tech industry greatly over the decades, and own a few of the company's products, I realize that there is no company that is ever going to be completely and utterly innovative.  There will always be someone else who has a wonderful idea, and so emulation and "copying" is an inevitability.  iOS steals from Android, Android from iOS.  

It really seems to me that the distinction between smartphones, at this stage in the game, has much less to do with actual, by-the-numbers superiority of one smartphone over the other.  Every smartphone on the market seems to sport similar features, and does the same things just as well as the next.  It's really becoming a matter of sheer preference -- do you like the Android or iOS interface more?  That's how it is from my perspective, at least.


JohnCann
JohnCann

@Erich Cervantez You're kidding, right? 

mrwirez
mrwirez

Innovation AND icons... That's "iPowerful" !!

NOT...

Shannara1946
Shannara1946

I agree with the above poster. I don't really like the new icons but the os looks interesting.

gold_tracker
gold_tracker

@danstransky I don't get it either. And I'm not even an Apple user and I find I like the old icons better than the new versions.