find my iphone

With less than three weeks left until Apple’s big Fall reveal, the company has started updating some of its own apps on the App Store to bring them more in line with the all-new iOS 7 look.

Find My iPhone and Find My Friends apps have both been updated with bug fixes and stability improvements, but no new features have been added and the design remained unchanged.

Find My iPhone is particularly interesting. Not only has the update broken the app for non-developers, but the software now comes with a brand new flattened icon which essentially mimics its counterpart on the recently revamped iCloud Beta website. More findings right below…

Check out the before and after images of the Find My iPhone icon.

Find My iPhone for iOS (app icon, full-size)Find my iPhone 2.0.3 for iOS (app icon, small)

The flattened versions is much neater than the old icon, no? While we’re at it, compare the new icon to the graphics on the revamped iCloud Beta website.

iCloud Beta (redesign 002)

Interestingly enough, Find My Friends still has the same old stitched leather icon. Before this update, the app would crash a lot on launch with the iOS 7 betas.

Find My Friends icon (full-size)

A lot of people took to Twitter to note that the updated Find My iPhone now only allows signing in with an Apple developer account, free or paid ($99 a year).

“You must be a registered iOS developer and have iCloud configured on iOS 7.0 Beta to use this version of Find My iPhone,” the updated software cautions.

Find My iPhone (Developer Account required prompt 002)

This could be a hiccup on Apple’s part so best thing you avoid updating Find My iPhone unless you have a registered iOS developer account with Apple.

At any rate, Find My iPhone and Find My Friends are likely to undergo at least one more revision before iOS 7 is unleashed as both still show the skeuomorphic user interface.

You can download Find My iPhone and Find My Friends free from the App Store.

I’d love to hear from those of you who don’t have a developer account, is Find My iPhone working for you after this update?

  • pauleebe

    Works fine here, but my UDID is properly registered. Nice UI!

    • chumawumba

      Have you even opened the app? The UI is the same

  • Vipul D.

    Yes, it is. On beta 6 here.

  • Andrew Roth

    I’m on iOS 7 and it works fine even though I’m not registered.

    • Qasim Bashir

      thats good to hear, i hope unregistered users dont face problems getting on the public release

    • felixtaf

      Same here… Beta 6, iPhone 5… Working…

    • dedegarrido

      Same Here…. unregistered UDID, beta 6; iPhone 5; working 🙂

    • Joseph

      Me too. 😀

  • Maxim∑

    the gloss is gone!

  • Timothy

    I can’t stinkin’ wait until the flood of iOS 7-style app updates hits the App Store next month…

  • David Gitman

    good thing I have developer account 🙂

  • Brandon Weidema

    the ‘Find my iPhone’ app creator wasn’t on LSD i guess…

  • Joe Benning

    Still crashes on my 4S when you try to map.

    • Pusheen

      On my 4s too :/

  • Neil Sardesai

    Am I the only one here who likes the old icon? The old icon was beautifully crafted with attention to the tiniest detail. The new icon could’ve been done in Photoshop in about 10 minutes or less.

    • Roche

      The difference between those icons just sums up how shiit iOS 7 is. Look at that ugly trash icon. iOS 7 looks like it was designed by a kid messing around, like those splatter paintings 3 year olds make in kindergarten. The colour palette is atrocious and all round sickening.

    • karnbadjatia

      Totally agree with you on that..the attention to detail is one of the reasons people go in for apple and they have certainly drifted from that in terms of IOS 7 icons and UI at least…

      Just as reference…

  • Hermès Vainstar Chu

    i did get that pop up but after like 20mins i was able to log in as normal

  • Soldiiier

    Working for me. I have an in paid developer account.. And running iOS 6

  • Luan Nguyen

    I still have the old icon and it still crashes upon looking at a listed device’s location 🙁
    Running iOS 7 beta 6

  • Peter

    I can still sign in on iOS 6 without a developer account

  • chumawumba

    Thank god, now I don’t need to go to Africa every time I lose my iPhone!

  • Jamie Tilden

    That wasn’t exactly the before icon for Find My iPhone.

  • mkOS

    Working fine for me. iPhone 4, Jailbroken iOS 6.1, no developer account.

  • Latest beta and I can see my friends on Find My Friends but they can’t see me. It’s actually working out quite well for me 🙂

    • Latest beta and my friends can only see me if I have Find My Friends running open or in the background. If the app is not running in the background they can’t see me.

      • Oh well, only 9 more days and you’ll have the final release.

      • I hope the problem will be fixed in the final release 🙂 anyway I was not convinced at first but after using it for a while on my iPad Mini I couldn’t wait and installed it on my iPhone, I love ios7.

  • James McC

    How come Find my friends only will locate your friends now if they have the actual app open and running in the background, once they close it you can not locate them? Is anyone else having this problem or know how to amend it?

    • Grady Richardson

      I’m having the same problem between my phone and my daughter’s, but not my son’s. They both have 4Ss and I have a 5 – we all updated to ios7. She’s deleted the app & reinstalled, but no joy. Incredibly frustrating. It just doesn’t work!

      • Coni

        I am having the same issue with my daughter’s phone. We both have iPhone 5. Really not digging the update!

  • Kari Mynarski

    Find my friends not working since updating. All my contacts who have done the update now all say location not available. Any suggestions

    • Coni

      Same here! Not liking this update!

  • Jamie Maestri

    Frustrated – I use this app to track my kiddos and since the update I can only locate 1 out of 4 people I follow.