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Apple changed the Maps icon to show its new spaceship campus

Apple changed the Maps icon to show its new spaceship campus

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Image: iCulture

Apple has been making all sorts of tiny changes to its app icons in the iOS 11 beta. And today, it made two of the most interesting changes yet: one to Maps, and one to the App Store.

The Maps change is a bit more fun (you can see the difference above via iCulture). The icon has, since the iPhone’s inception, shown 1 Infinite Loop — the location of Apple’s longtime headquarters. But with the company’s enormous spaceship campus, known as the Apple Park, now opening up, iOS designers seem to have felt it was time to make a change. So instead, the Maps icon now shows a sliver of the spaceship.

Or maybe it’s just this nearby offramp. It’s kind of hard to tell.

Apple Maps screenshot
Image: Apple Maps

Today’s other icon change is to the App Store logo. Apple has tweaked the App Store’s icon here and there over the past decade, but this is the first time it’s lost the pen and brush that make up its shape. It’s now just a series of lines that kind of look like overlapping sticks. I don’t think anyone’s going to argue that the old icon was amazing and shouldn’t be changed, but this new one looks like some weird knockoff app that somehow got installed on your phone. Here’s a comparison put together by iCulture:

iOS 11 is still in beta, though, so all of this is subject to change. Apple could make slight tweaks to the icons, or it could scrap them altogether and go back to the iOS 10 versions.

Apple’s been tweaking other icons a bit, too. It slightly adjusted the clock icon today, making the numbers a bit thicker. And it also made this weirdly tiny change in July:

MacRumors has a story from last month, showing changes made to the Contacts, Reminders, and Notes apps as well. The Reminders icon has since been reverted to the old version — so again, there’s no guarantee the changes will ship.

iOS 11 should be finished up in about a month and will likely launch ahead of new iPhones in mid to late September.