ios 7 vs ios 6 icons

One of the best words I’ve heard used to describe the sweeping changes in iOS 7 is ‘polarizing.’ For the past two weeks, my Twitter timeline has been seemingly split between people who love the new UI and people who absolutely abhor it.

Most of the controversy seems to be focused around the new stock app icons, which have been completely redesigned. But for all of the grumbling I’ve heard about them, a new poll shows  most folks actually prefer the new icons to the old ones…

TechCrunch points to a poll by Polar, a mobile tool built by Input Factory to help gauge user and community sentiment, regarding the new icons in iOS 7. Nearly 50,000 people chimed in, and the consensus seems to be that most like them.

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In fact, the data reveals that not only do people tend to prefer the iOS 7 versions of the icons overall, but they strongly prefer them in most cases. For example, 80% of those who voted preferred the phone icon in iOS 7 over the iOS 6 version.

Likewise, the Messages app icon was preferred by a staggering 84%. Surprisingly, iOS 6 icons only won out in just a few cases, including the Reminders, Safari, Game Center, Camera and Calculator apps. And the margins were much smaller.

Of course, this little study only involves 50,000 people and [obviously] doesn’t speak for everyone, but it is a decent-sized sample. And for what it’s worth, we created our own poll on the changes made in iOS 7, and saw fairly similar results.

Apple’s mobile OS caters to over 500 million devices, and has remained largely unchanged for 6 years. So it’s not surprising iOS 7 is being met with some initial controversy. It’ll be interesting, though, to see what people think 6 months from now.


  • TesticularFortitude

    I welcome the change.

    • Gorgonphone

      Change is fine i just wish it didnt suck this bad..

      • TesticularFortitude

        I think it’s awesome. I just hope the new hardware is as “polarizing”.

      • Chindavon

        What’s so bad about it. Have you been using the beta or are you just going off videos and screenshots?

      • Gorgonphone

        Some of our in-house devs have the BETA..

        my main problem wit it s the look.. they could have added all the new features and improved the original look without destroying it.. but that would have required skill tat ive does not have so instead he tried to sell us the “flat and basic is better” BS..

        okay so they want to move away from deep shadows and textures etc. but that does not mean you go all the way to an empty white page looking design.. you find the middle ground and you perfect it… what ever you do must maintain the IOS personality but improve it. i am sure steve knew that ive was not the man to do this so he kept him in hardware design where he really shines..

        the sad fact is that IOS 7 looks so bad thats its distracting form all the cool new features added to it..

      • Chindavon

        I still don’t see where all the hate it. I do graphic design so I guess my outlook will differ from the norm. Using the UI since it came out left me with a satisfied feeling of modern and sleek. Sure the colors are too much for some, but man, I think people just need to look deeper than the icon.

      • Gorgonphone

        I am a creative director / graphic designer also..(14 years ) . I understand what ive wanted to do and achieve but his execution failed.

        Yes the old UI was very heavy and over rendered BUT what ive did was stripped down too much and basically removed it heart and soul..

        All we really needed was maybe 40% flattening of the rendering style and a new fresh spring board style that freshened the “grid of apps” appearance. but ive is not a graphic designer so he would not know how to do that… instead he gave us a UI look that looks like something he whipped up in his favorite CAD program he used to design the latest iMacs. = fail

        The IOS7 look has no wow factor at all… it relies on the apple wow factor and the “oh its new” factor but if IOS7 was shown as a cydia theme made by a nobody it would be instantly rejected fro the amateurish mess that it is..

      • ReanimationXP

        I could not agree more.

      • Gorgonphone

        I love apple and its feally sad to watch them slowly destry the wonderful empire that steve built

      • Manish

        I agree with you sir……….I felt bad yesterday when the news came up
        stating that Samsung has defeated the Apple………… Tim Cook can’t
        understand the customer’s feeling and I believe he will destroy
        everything earned by Sir Steve Jobs……..

      • Sajana Indula

        It’s not the colours, it’s the inconsistency of the icons. I have to agree they nailed some icons like the pass book, yet however some icons like the Safari, Mail, Camera & Calculator icons looks like they were hashed together 15 minutes before the show.
        The gradients are all wrong( look at the Safari & Mail icon), colour choices too garish( Calculator icon) and the dimensions are jarring for the eye( The circles on the App Store & Safari Icons).

  • Saeed Ghattas

    Loving it every moment of use.

  • Avery Massenburg

    Ok, I’m surprised here… Even though Apple changed up their whole design language, and gave up all the things most people I know loved. It seems to be a success.

    I guess I should stop hating iOS 7 now.. :/

    • Lordthree

      You see the masses like it so now you are going to stop hating?

      I liked it to begin with, but you sound like a sheep going with the herd. Give your head a shake.

      • Avery Massenburg

        Not really what I meant by that.. :/

        I still hate the Icons… They lack detail, and that’s one of the things I loved about iOS and OSX…

        Now that most people like iOS 7’s lack of detail I guess I’m gonna have to suck it up and get used to it.

      • Gorgonphone

        No you dont have to settle for crap cause others are ! Steve never settled for crap which is why he never promoted ive …. But cook like crap as long as it makes fast money…

      • Avery Massenburg

        Only reason why I still want an iPhone or an iPad is because of all the apps and games that the iPhone has that Android doesn’t. And also for the Jailbreak scene.

        My next phone will most likely be a Nexus 4, mostly because of the power for the price. But I’ll still miss half the apps I had on my iPod.

      • SimonReidy

        Feel pretty much the same way. However its interesting that this poll still found the Safari, Game Center, Camera and Calculator icons the worst (compared to iOS6), as they are the icons I dislike the most. I’d personally add the Settings icon to that list too.

        Hopefully Apple is open to some feedback, and will improve some of these icons, as they just don’t seem up to standard. I don’t think there’s much chance of the horrible balloon icon of Game Center going though, given that’s the theme inside the app (its better than green felt, but still awful).

      • Gorgonphone

        I dont care what the masses do… Crap is crap

      • Sajana Indula

        It’s not the masses. The first thing I thought after I saw the new icons was that it was a huge practical joke.
        Turn out it wasn’t

    • Gorgonphone

      Its not a success its a damn cult and the followers refuse to admit that ios7 looks terrible

      • John

        Joe iOS 7’s icons look horrible but the more you look at it the more you get use to it. I thought the icons were trash but I started to get use to them. Now I will say this Gamecenter’s UI looks like trash. They should have kept the original look.

      • Gorgonphone

        i dont want to have to get used to ugly low quality design especially coming from apple who is known for their great design

      • SimonReidy

        Why are you trolling the comments of every iDB story?

      • Gorgonphone

        This is called a conversation .. People make comment about the subject and othher respond and reply … Sometimes we agree sometimes we dissagree .

        Stop trying to come up with derogatory names for people yiu dissagree with ….. I dissagree with folks who like ios7 but do you see me calling them childish names? No ! I stay on topic and discus ios7

      • SimonReidy

        BS. I’ve seen you comment negatively, non stop on every single iDB story you have given feedback on over the last few days, so don’t try to pretend you’re just a regular iDB user. And that’s pretty funny you should accuse me of name calling after some of the things you’ve been saying.

        Just so everyone can be clear, here’s a sample of Gorgon’s recent comments from iDB (you only have to click on his name). And none of these our out of context in case you try to pull that one – all of these are full replies or comments.

        “Modern capitalism is girly cause women have all the power and dictate men spending also” – Gorgonphone

        “They are not real its apple million dollar propaganda machine at work” Gorgonphone

        “But i can tell apple will not be smart enough to fix the ugly look” Gorgonphone • 11 hours ago

        “No you dont have to settle for crap cause others are ! Steve never settled for crap which is why he never promoted ive …. But cook like crap as long as it makes fast money…” Gorgonphone • 11 hours ago

        “I dont care what the masses do… Crap is crap” Gorgonphone • 11 hours ago

        “Its not a success its a damn cult and the followers refuse to admit that ios7 looks terrible” Gorgonphone • 11 hours ago

        And it goes on like that. You constantly winge on every story, say we are all part of “a damn cult”, but you’re not a name caller or troll? Are you for real?

      • Gorgonphone

        LOL… so instead os staying on topic and talking about IOS7 you decide, on true feminine fashion, to write a pseudo psychoanalytical diatribe about a random person on the internet because you feel hurt be the fact that they think IOS7 sucks?? hahahahah what a mess..

        lol.. and you filled you propaganderouse post with out of context quotes..?! typical ignorant human..

        Here, I actually feel kind sorry for you so let me help you out..we are discussing IOS7 some like it and they keep saying so and some dont like it and they keep saying so some change their mind and some dont but the bottom like is people on both sides will be vocal about their position and that is life.. If you cant handle life then .. well… there are other options for you in the universe …lol

      • John

        Are you an old man off their medication again? Are you special? Is English not your first language? You just called someone a “human” again. I’m not trying to be rude but everyone else calls another person a person not a human. I think you are just trolling again because what you type is stupid and childish and your replies lack any intelligence. Do you even notice how many PEOPLE dislike your comments?

      • Gorgonphone

        Dude everything I am saying is reality.. you dont like reality.. you only like estrogen and excessive emotion.

        We disagree.. we are both entitled to communicate you points and opinions.. its that simple..

        IOS7 is and ugly mess.. you can cry about it all you want you can insult me all you want you can even go mad and be committed if you want but unless that results in Johnny ive changing the look of the UI by release, i will not care

  • Kamrul

    After actually seeing the icons on my mates iPhone 5 I love it iOS 7 is looking to be awesome

  • Question

    iOS 7 is gorgouese people always talk crap about what apple releases and when its released they change their mind saying nevermind

    • John

      gorgeous you mean.

  • Joseph A. Ahmad

    It’s not that people hate iOS 7, it’s just that when people (myself included) find even one thing they absolutely hate, it almost ruins the experience for them. But this is a world where people have various opinions, preferences, and beliefs in what should be, and what shouldn’t be. I, for one, am not a big fan of the Safari or Reminders icons, but that doesn’t mean I should let it ruin the experience of an OS that’s actually refreshing for a change. It would be different if more than half of iOS 7 was appalling, but if it’s just a small fraction that tends to fall short, I think the rest of the OS can make up for it. Again, I would love to see a cellular data toggle in control center, a kill all switch for multitasking, and quick reply for messages (maybe asking for any other notification like mail or twitter would be too much to implement at this time, but it would be cool too), but we cannot all be appeased. Who knows, there are still betas to come, so let’s see what happens. Like Apple said in the intro video to the WWDC Keynote, it takes time to make something great.

    • ✪ aidan harris ✪

      Well said. iOS 7 is still of course a beta so there’s obviously going to be problems and issues. I for one found many bugs and crashes in beta 1 but never for one moment let it ruin my user experience…

      • Gorgonphone

        But i can tell apple will not be smart enough to fix the ugly look

    • mehrab

      On the ios 7 promo vid jonathan said this is just a beggining theres more to come in later versions of ios now ios will evolve much faster every update now that scoot fostall is fired

      • Joseph A. Ahmad

        Oh I’m not doubting them, I just can’t wait!

    • EpicFacepalm

      The problem is, iOS 7’s new functions were meh for jailbreakers (probably we could do these for years, especially I still wonder why adding a simple Blacklist feature was that hard?). And if someone doesn’t like the UI, he/she almost doesn’t have any reason to like iOS 7 too.

      • Joseph A. Ahmad

        Well of course, they’re all jailbreak features. I don’t mind them though, I’m cool with it. And I’m sure there will be an iOS 7 jailbreak.

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        I agree. A lot of people are shouting at Apple as if to say “How dare you steal our tweaks” but realistically yes this may be theft however many jailbreak devs consider what Apple has done to be an improvement over what they have done. In addition to this the new functions are a lot more tightly integrated meaning developers can actually use API’s in their applications something I don’t think is allowed or ever will be allowed when using a jailbreak tweak…

      • EpicFacepalm

        Cool that we share the same opinions.

      • EpicFacepalm

        Amen to that

  • I’m really struggling to believe the results of these polls are genuine

    • Gorgonphone

      They are not real its apple million dollar propaganda machine at work

  • Liam Mulcahy

    I like the new icons

  • Andy

    The only icon that I really don’t like is Safari, but I love how they redesigned the whole user interface of Safari though, it actually looks modern and sophisticated now.

  • Bj Bennett

    I love it the more I use it

    • ImLouis

      completely agree!

  • Omar D. Plumey

    I vastly dislike the way the folders look. Almost pinkish. Too girly.

    • ✪ aidan harris ✪

      They change according to your wallpaper (with the exception of the iPhone 4)

      • Dylfo

        Do they actually change or is is just see through ish so the color from the background shows through also if the colors do change based on the wallpaper does this effect show up anywhere else?

      • Gorgonphone

        they dont change at all the transparency causes it to take on some of the luminosity and hue of you wallpaper but not enough to make it look say better

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        Your statement realistically can only be properly interpreted by you since you’ve changed something (the wallpaper) and then presented your opinion based on the change of the folders.

        In this case you do not like the change stating that it is “not enough to make it look [say] better” however others (me for example) may disagree and like the subtle change in colour. If you ask me (not that I’m saying you are asking me) one can only form a true opinion on iOS7 when they have used it.

        It is pointless trying to explain all of its graphical elements since for me pictures, videos and yes words do not do iOS7 justice or provide enough information to form a real accurate opinion on the OS…

      • Gorgonphone

        very deep and intricately crafted post but um… IOS7 sucks in the UI looks department . its fine if you like it though 🙂

    • Gorgonphone

      Modern capitalism is girly cause women have all the power and dictate men spending also

    • Chindavon

      You need to stop using pink wallpaper behind it.

    • Franklin Richards

      Here’s an interesting fact that everyone will hate but is true.

      Pink was originally meant to be the colour that signifies boys because it was a more “powerful” colour in terms of intensity and sharpness. And blue was meant to be signify girls because of it’s softer intensity.

      However somewhere along the line it got mixed up and now Pink is seen as extremely girly.

      … Not really a point to this rambling~ Just thought I’d share an interesting fact.

  • blu

    I don’t really care for the looks, but I have not used them on an iOS device yet, so I won’t say I don’t like them.
    I will decide when an iOS 7 jailbreak comes out since I am not upgrading my phone or iPad till then.

  • Albert

    i like the new messages UI. I wish there was a full integration of it but there is not. 🙁

  • Past0rB

    For those with a jailbreak you can get some free iOS 7 themes to sort of test out the UI. I’m digging it so far from that perspective.

  • Bladimir Slavik

    me encanta me gusta love it

  • GuyBey0ndC00L

    The icons are mostly ugly

  • I still think the settings icon looks like a sewer cover

    • SimonReidy

      Great. I hadn’t noticed, but now that you mention it – It is indeed a sewer cover! Now I’ll be thinking that every time I see it. Cheers! 😉

  • Long

    I prefer Ayecon!

  • n0ahcruz3

    As i was saying majority of people like the ios 7. Ios is getting stale, this redesign made ios interesting again.

  • Jeff Ramirez

    This is complete horse ****. I never comment on here, but this gets me pissed off because of course people are going to choose the new icons over the old! It’s not like we have any other choice. After years of the same old icons, change is not bad. But by god those icons are hideous! But I will jump on the bandwagon (because I have no other choice) just like you guys have…

  • 3aloo1

    It will be nice for the IOS 7 to add theme editions as an a example ; black color and white color editions

  • Wierdninja

    IOS 7 is a horror. Polls don’t mean a thing. Ask politicians, if polls mean much. I’m not buying this round of iOS 7 devices. I’ll stay with iOS 6 for a while, then maybe move back to Windows 8, when that OS matures a little further. I’ll speak with my dollars, and, spend them elsewhere. My infatuation with Apple is over. Thirty years of admiring Apples brilliant design, are over. Change, just for changes sake is never a good idea. Retina displays for this infantile mess. Not me. I want to like it, but it just doesn’t grow on me. Not at the price Apple asks. This is not the Apple Steve Jobs left. I dearly mis him now. Now iPads and iPhones looks a lot like android, in a bad way. Even Windows 8 looks brilliant compared to this. Unless a lot changes before release, I’m done.

    • Damian W

      I agree with you on one thing mainly: price tag and what they offer are two complete opposites. One is high, the other is low.

      • Martin “Lawliet” Amuesi

        No one is forcing you to buy it. People buy it because what the offer is the best. Explains why companies like Razer copy Apple’s Macbook Pro design. Because it’s excellent.

        Tired of seeing gaming laptops that are bulky and ugly. People buy Apple’s products because they are worth it. It’s none of our business what someone spends their money on.

    • Gorgonphone

      perfectly stated… 10000% true…. deep inside the fanbois and sheep know this too but they are to weak to accept it.. as soon as ive was promoted i saw this crappy UI coming..

      The OSX is next,,, ive will mess with it too

    • Martin “Lawliet” Amuesi

      Apple doesn’t really care what you think of their products. No one is forcing you to buy them or use them. There are other options. Your opinion doesn’t matter to them. Because many people love it, myself included.

      You don’t have the capacity to appreciate simplicity, that’s not Apple’s fault. I really can’t understand why anyone would compare a desktop OS to a mobile OS. That would be like me comparing Android to Windows 7…. yeah, nonsense.

      You’re not the only person who dislikes iOS or Apple, stop trying to act all high and mighty. It doesn’t work. Until HTC One, no Android phone looked anywhere as good as iPhone 5. It got a lot of praise because it looks so damn beautiful. I owned it, I should know.

      HTC have pretty much been using Apple’s unibody design. You can’t really blame them, because it’s a great design and it works. Sounds to me like you’re mad at Apple for some personal reason, this isn’t the place to cry about it.

      Love it or hate it, iOS 7 is here to say and it’s damn beautiful. Stop clinging onto the past and learn to appreciate new things.

      • Wierdninja

        I don’t dislike Apple. I own nothing but Apple products. But, I’m not an Apple snob. I don’t own an Android device. I own an iPhone 5 too. My point is iOS 6 is a very beautiful looking UI. iOS 7 is ugly as sin. It looks like a bad copy of Android, in many ways. For your information, Windows 8 is a tablet OS in many ways, so my comparison does make sense. Windows 8 looks better than iOS 7, too. Windows 8 works very well on a tablet. i have win 8 tablet so i know. I’m not crying, you are. You keep on making comments that have no basis in fact. I never said Apple hardware was ugly. I think their computer and devices are too cool. If you took the time to read my comment, you would know I think iOS 7 is ugly, not the hardware which is the iPhone, iPad, or iPod. The icons and the colors are ugly. Simple. Plain and simple. Lets see what happens to apple sales after iOS 7 drops.

      • Martin “Lawliet” Amuesi

        First of all I doubt you’ve even used iOS 7. You haven’t experienced it, so far all you’re doing is judging it on looks. We all know how that saying goes, don’t judge a book by it’s cover.

        So until you’ve used and experienced it, you’re nothing but a sad little troll who keeps bashing Apple. Exactly what facts do you have? Sounds to me like you want to marry Windows 8.

      • Wierdninja

        Lmao…really?????? You should read the definition of Internet troll….you fit the description. I don’t like the way iOS 7 looks so you keep bashing me. Okay dude….I’ll just let you have your way. I’ve watched every video, and my friend has a developers account, so I know a little about it. I’ve seen it up close. iOS 7 is ugly and childish looking. Night troll.

  • ☞Dylan James Kroger

    I just can’t wait for my apps to update with iOS 7. It makes this ugly and not so smooth.

  • Hermès Vainstar Chu

    some of the new icons are nice some are not

  • Luke Mulholland

    The only icon I dislike is the new voice memo icon. It catches my eye every time I go to the home screen. I wish you could delete unwanted stock apps :/

  • William

    The new icons are awesome, The icons in ios6-5-4-…-1 were the same and we need a change after this many years.
    Thanks apple

  • pero

    Anyway, I don’t like IOS7.

  • momerathe

    I’ve got no dog in this fight, but the poll methodology is a bit iffy. IMO what the individual icons look like is less of an issue than what they all look like on screen together.

  • iOops

    Nobody asked my opinion. iOS 7 has promis and when it goes gold, it should be more snappy, but those icons were hit with an ugly stick and damn, no matter how I try to get used to them…

  • MarcPhilippeB

    I printed a poster of the new iOS7 homescreen to hang it up in my room. It looks so damn hot!

  • Cameron Chao

    Because most people dont jailbreak.

  • Linton Findlay

    Id choose ayecon 😛

  • Razick Rilshad

    Like the change

  • Sajana Indula

    The icons look good nice by themselves,but when put together they seem disjointed and just too garish.
    I hate to say this but, Google’s UI design teams seems to be doing a better job that Ive and Co, who should just stick to industrial design.

  • Al

    Who did they poll?? Cuz IOS7 still sucks in my opinion.

  • nocountryforwho

    Jony’s designs are parallel to how I love design in general, I immediately fell in love with iOS 7’s overall look.

  • ios7beta

    ios 7 beta (dot) net

  • dabigone

    Its not that the icons are bad, but the fact is that they are inconsistent and look weird when places next to each other. People prefer the iOS 7 icons when they are tested individually, but all together, the iOS 7 icons are lacking coherence, as compared to the iOS 6 icons, which may not be as good when seperated but togeter they look pretty damn good.

  • Dergan Roberts

    Instead of polarizing your market why not just have a toggle in settings for each program of the icon you would like to use? If you have a solid black or white background a lot of the new icons will be virtually invisible.