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This is kind of interesting. New versions of some of the stock app icons in iOS 7 have been spotted on Apple’s website. The reason for the changes is not yet known, but the app icons have received the blunt of the criticism thus far regarding Apple’s new mobile OS.

Some of the new icons are starkly different than the ones seen in the first developer beta of iOS 7, while others appear to only feature subtle differences. And it’s not clear if this was a mistake on Apple’s part, or these will be the new app icons in iOS going forward…

9to5Mac’s Michael Steeber spotted the new icons, pointing out that they can only be seen on Apple’s website from a mobile device (for what it’s worth I can see them on my desktop). The image containing the icons can spotted in the design section of its iOS/iOS 7 page.

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The Weather app icon has changed the most out of the bunch, with a text readout of Apple’s infamous 73 degree weather replacing the sun and cloud graphic you see in the current beta. And the icons for both Passbook and Reminders received more subtle color changes.

Again, it’s not known if these are past or future icon designs. But at the very least it’s an indication that Apple isn’t opposed to tweaking the designs, which again have been very controversial this week, as it looks to tighten up its redesigned OS over the next few months.

Apple introduced iOS 7, which is very different than its predecessors, on Monday this week during its WWDC keynote. While many have lambasted the company for the new design, rumor has it that it plans to make many changes before its public release in the fall.

What do you think of the alternate icons? Better or worse?

  • Zachary Sloane

    Good to see Apple take the criticism and hopefully do something about it for the positive of its users.

  • Rich Weiss

    I have a feeling the weather icon will be dynamic by launch and they didn’t get to it in time for the first beta. Also, didn’t you guys say that there were some things that were shown on a newer release on stage that aren’t in the available build. I can think of one for example, Siri’s voice.

    • Liam Mulcahy

      I agree

    • Jedediah Kramer

      In the comments on the article about Messages, user noted that when you hit send on the mesasges, it lacks the animation that was shown during the presentation.

    • Gorgonphone

      i hope so

    • Sun 949

      In the beta notes in known issues it is mentioned that the Siri Voices are not available in the first beta.

      • Ian

        No wonder. I thought I wasn’t just paying deep enough attention to hear the difference.

  • Joel Torres ツ

    I think if they do change the weather icon to show temperature, it should be live temperature. Say every time you unlock your device to the homescreen, it updates. But that’s just my opinion.

  • Arnaud Nelissen

    Still this Safari icon …

    btw, the Weather app now dynamically updates itself in the background (by default), I think that isn’t so hard to update the icon…

    Do we know when the first beta expires ?

    • Hendrik

      It’s already there

      • Arnaud Nelissen

        I was talking about the expiration of the beta…

      • Hendrik

        sorry my fault :d

    • Timothy

      I don’t remember the release dates of iOS 6’s betas, but there are usually around four total I think, so that would be about one every month until the release in October. That’s just a guess on my part though.

    • Alatoerka

      24 july 2013

      • Alex Cayley

        So does beta 2 come out as SOON as 24 July or before or after…?

      • Adham

        The expiration date only gives an idea of when the next beta comes out. It will not come after 24 of July or else all the dev devices will not work, and the latest I have seen it release is just 2-3 days before expiration (as was the case with 6.1 beta).

        I suspect however beta 2 will be out within the next 2 weeks given the nature of the amount of bugs in this beta.

      • Arnaud Nelissen

        thanks !

  • Sn0wFl4kz

    I loved the old cloudy weather app icons from beta 1!
    They should change Safari because the white border around it looks ugly and the game center icon, I can’t deal with these bubbles.

  • Jamie Tilden

    I think beta 1 is a very quick release. I don’t think Apple is done updating iOS 7. I think future betas will bring even more to the table. You heard it here first: iOS 7 will be even more amazing, with more UI enhancements/features in the weeks to come.

    • Gorgonphone

      i hope so and i the they fix the UI graphics

  • 5ingularity

    I also noticed the battery percentage for the iPod touch shown on the iTunes Radio screenshots. However, there isn’t an option to turn batter percentage on ios7 beta 1

    • matthewscott92

      There is an option to turn battery percentage on. It’s on mine (iOS 7 b1). Just go to Settings > General > Usage.

      • 5ingularity

        Are ya using the iPod touch though? 😛

  • chris125

    I think this isn’t a mistake they leaked it on purpose to gauge people’s responses.

    • Gorgonphone

      exactly cause they kno ive messed up

      • Mustang5Oh

        Finally you admit you couldn’t design anything yourself. Thank you!

      • Gorgonphone

        Dude i am a professional designer

      • Christopher Ablaza

        so sensitive…

      • SkyFall

        You are jealous. And probably everyone here don’t care that you are a “professional designer”. You mock Apple and you praise Android. Why you even read this blog, it’s for iDevices.

      • Gorgonphone

        Umm actually its the opposite o am a hard core apple fane and as such i hate to see me beloved company failing like this….. It is well lnown that i hate android an i have been banned on here before for saying. “Android sucks” so get you inof straight…. I love apple and iphone more than uou which is why i am willing to give apple some tough love so they improve this ios7 ugly mess

  • jocastro

    im hoping they don’t go back on what they already have shown on the presentation, so far there are a couple of things. but im not sweating it, its just beta.

  • Jedediah Kramer

    WeatherIcon showing your current locations temperature, kind of like how the clock app now shows the current time… Apple realizing they missed this in first Beta. Gives me hope for the final version of iOS 7

  • Pitchy

    Why can’t Apple do the temp and condition on the Weather app icon? They have proved they can do dynamic icons with Calendar and Clock. The jailbreak community have proved they can put the current temperature on the Weather app icon. They’ve s̶t̶o̶l̶e̶n̶ borrowed nearly every other iOS7 idea from jailbreak and Android… surely they could have implemented this one by now.

    • Sn0wFl4kz

      I think there is ni dynamic weather app Icon because the iPod touch would need wifi all the time to show temperature!
      And if you dont have wifi in you itouch the Icon would be blank and that would be a design problem…

      • Pitchy

        You can have a default / fallback icon graphic when there is no data connection.

  • GaugePrower

    Although these changes are very small, they are for the better. I like these icons better than the beta 1 ones. Just a couple more tweaks. I agree with others that complain about the safari icon. Something doesnt sit right with me with notes either but Idk it may just be that I’m not used to it yet. A dynamic weather icon would be very impressive and very well praised. It would go along really well with the dynamic clock. My faith in Apple’s decisions and changes is restoring.

    The game center still looks a little too much like the livingsocial logo… or the splash scren to nero’s version 11 burning software… im not feeling it

  • iPhone 5 with IOS 7 Jailbroken = Perfection..

    • Gorgonphone

      yes i do agree

    • Gustavo Adolfo Mirabal

      Don’t now. Maybe i’m way off topic here but after iOS 7 jailbreaking is not appealing to me anymore. My mail tweaks are: Auxo (killed with new task thing), SBSettings (killed with new toggles on notification center), iBlocklist (killed with new blocking system). I will miss Zephyr though… Where i live sms is barely used and whatsapp is a big deal and i will die without quickreply for messenger but i dint think i will jailbreak my Iphone 5 anymore.

      Brace yourselves, haters are coming…

      • Gorgonphone

        ^^^well just dont JB

      • Gustavo Adolfo Mirabal

        I’ve been jailbreaking since day one. But i think apple is doing this just to keep jailbreakers at bay.

      • Gorgonphone

        wont stop me….

  • Farbod

    lol, this has nothing to do with this thread, but the second you enter ios 7 in google you get more android fan sites comparing it with android. sometimes i feel sorry for android users 🙁

  • Julian Gigola

    Apple is listening to its customers for the first time! Thanks Apple!

    • Gorgonphone

      dont talk so quick..oolool

  • Andrew Roth

    I just checked on desktop and mobile and it seems like it’s fixed/back to what it is right now…

  • Gorgonphone

    still ugly and lame…lollo a apple having many version floating around

    • SkyFall

      Why you are in a iDevice blog anyway most of your comments are negative and mock Apple and the ones that are positive are few and are only for Android and Jailbreak ( some of them ).

    • Jonathan Liu

      Why are you on this website if all you do is hate on apple and post stupid comments?

      • Dan

        he’s a hater, he knocks on android and on Apple, I think he gets off on stirring $hit up

    • EpicFacepalm

      Don’t feed the troll

  • Joseph A. Ahmad

    It appears famous hacker with the twitter handle “iH8sn0w” has cracked the expiration date for iOS 7 beta 1, as reported on the Evasi0n news blog. It will expire on Wednesday July 24th at midnight. So be prepared to upgrade to beta 2, which should be out a week or two before that.

    • sdhn97

      July 24th and in a week or two makes no sense. If my calendar is correct, it’s mid-June. So that means 24th July is in 5 weeks. I don’t need to prepare if it’s that long away :L

      • Joseph A. Ahmad

        They’re going to release the beta a couple weeks BEFORE it expires. This is how all the betas have been. I’ve been a registered developer for the past 2 summers, I know, it’s been consistent.

      • Joseph A. Ahmad

        But I suppose that would be about a month, so you are right, my fault on the calculation. My apologies sir!

  • disqus_HYaXrnriLr

    Er what about that horrible settings icon. Or the stocks & compass? Completely missed.

    • Gorgonphone

      yup and the other 85% if the UI that sucks

  • Mohammad Ridwan

    Still looks like hello kitty on lsd

    • Gorgonphone

      hello kitty on LD in a gay pride parade

  • onebyone_

    can’t wait to see some positive changes on the next betas and the final built too.

  • TuNuT

    Live weather icon & live clock would be nice…

  • bllackghost

    mistake?! i don’t think =)

  • Damian W

    of course they did not increase the number of icons on homepage and dock. 4 icons in dock, just as many as iphone and. iPad screen is 4 times bigger.

  • Ryan James Christensen

    Since they put the numbers on the weather app, they should really try to make it show actual weather.

  • DroidDoesnt_2

    That’s like sitting two pigs side by side and asking which one looks better…

  • Dady King

    I still prefer ayecon.. It’s just suits my phone visuality ..

  • Armed in the Villa

    I don’t know that I like apple bowing to the vocal minority. I’d wager that most people were fine with the icons and said nothing, but those who hated them spoke LOUDLY. I’d like to think that the change was in the works before the Bebe and Cece Winans of the world started whining.

  • Girish

    thats y it was called a FIRST BETA,,,,
    hmmm n i also guess they do it on purpose,,,, 😉

  • Sunny Sandeep

    I honestly have no idea what’s going on with the Game Center icon. Apple ditched the whole glossy aesthetic everywhere but in those glass spheres, but they aren’t really special in any way .

  • alexanderlyd

    maybe the ’73’ on the weather is a real time weather temp. icon? yay?

  • Saif Fersi

    The newsstand icon needs to be reset its super ugly

  • Well i don’t like the weather icon that apple posted ‘by mistake’ on its website.. But whatever my biggest concern is the new Settings icon – I HATE IT 🙁