Jony Ive Is So Obsessive He Gave iOS 7 Icons The Same Rounded Corners As The iMac

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As the new Director of Human Interface, Jony Ive has gone from making beautifully beveled Macs, to redesigning iOS into a multi-layered Parallax operating system. By drawing from his deep well of hardware design brilliance, Jony brought a lot of his hardware philosophies to iOS, and the Messages app icon shows just how insanely detailed Jony can get.

As discovered by Brad Ellis, Jony made sure that the Messages icon’s corners have the same tapered edges which can be found on the iMac and other Apple products.

The difference is just a small number of pixels that most users would probably never notice, so Brad created his awesome comparison GIF so you can actually see the changes: 

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Brad notes the difference between drawing an normal rounded corner verses the rounded corners of the iOS 7 icons:

Have you guys ever tried to redraw an iMac or other Apple hardware? You might have noticed that you can’t just draw a rounded rectangle, the corners aren’t actually quarter circles. Instead they taper off gradually before becoming flat.

 

 

Source: Dribble

  • DisgruntledEd

    Just goes to show how great Apple’s attention to detail is.

  • timrknowles

    That is incredible.

    I’m still undecided whether I really like the icons or not. Some of them feel a little bit detached from some of the others.

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  • DesignMitchell

    The normal square corner actually looks flatter the height of the round. ios 7 is much better. Also, If you feel the radius at apple products there is no actual spine. What I mean by this is that the radius doesn’t have a defined curve. They do this using alias 3d modeling instead of just saying fillet edge like in solidworks or Rhino 3d.

  • Adrayven

    The normal square corner actually looks flatter the height of the round. ios 7 is much better. Also, If you feel the radius at apple products there is no actual spine. What I mean by this is that the radius doesn’t have a defined curve. They do this using alias 3d modeling instead of just saying fillet edge like in solidworks or Rhino 3d.

    Honestly, I don’t see it. lol

  • Kuhnaydeein

    That’s why Apple’s got an Ive for detail.

  • sefid

    its the details makes thing look beautiful, as it doesn’t have to be obvious.. Still minimal but not simple at all ..thumbs up

  • joewaylo

    I don’t see it.

  • goodvillenews

    i hope they will make nicer icons. This is reason I will consider jailbreak. New icons are terrible.

  • artofid

    WTF are design team smoking out there? These look like 10 years old kid’s work.

  • anth

    styling fillets rather than engineering fillets
    common really, I suppose its because he is a product designer rather than an engineering designer

  • maxprivalov

    I can’t believe so many people tend to like the new iOS. It’s ridiculous that its so easy to dump a 6 year history and replacing it with who knows what. I’m crying.

  • ekim1406

    i feel like some people genuinely don’t like the look of the icons. i also feel like most people are just regurgitating what others say. no matter what the new OS looked like, these people would still be saying ‘omg theyre smoking crack. what were they thinking?” They just don’t like apple; for whatever reason. i would guess 90% aren’t designers/artists in any sense of the word. they’re just bashing because they are stupid.

    obviously there won’t be a commercial agreement to the appearance of the OS. it’s subjective. i just wish people would make their own personal decision to whether or not they like it; taking into account new functionalities and not just the appearance of some icons.

    and stop using the word ‘innovative.’ you don’t know what it means.

  • watanabecarcass

    and stop using the word ‘innovative.’ you don’t know what it means.

    Will you please enlighten us? What does Innovative mean?