Sunday, 16 June 2013

iOS 7's new fat icon shape and possible changes to iPhone 5

One subtle change to iOS 7 that few have picked up on is that Apple appears to have slightly amended the shape of their icons. Something that Daring Fireball ruled out because that shape is printed on the home button of every iPhone ever manufactured.

The new icon shape is very similar - a square with rounded corners. But whereas before the corners were perfect quarter circles, they now have slight tapering (or bulging, depending on which way you look at it) on the sides as well.

Interestingly, if you look at the iOS 7 section of the Apple website, they appear to have redrawn the shape on the home buttons of the iPhones too - it's noticeable because they've drawn the shape with a graduated grey, rather than the solid grey - which gives the impression it's slightly indented into the button.

Which leaves me wondering if they're going to modify the actual home button design on the current iPhone as well, to match the iOS 7 icon shape. Personally I hope not - I think the new icon shape looks fat - and not in a good way.


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