Face ID logo resurrects a classic Macintosh icon

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The iPhone X's FaceID feature looks impressive.
Photo: Apple

For a company that insists it doesn’t like to look to the past, Apple’s new Face ID logo will certainly feel familiar to longtime Mac users.

Apple debuted the new logo during its iPhone X keynote yesterday to show off the phones facial scanning features. It features a simple smiling face that looks three dimensional, but it’s actually just a repurposed version of the classic Happy Mac icon originally created by Susan Kare for the original Macintosh.

Check out the similarities:

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The original Happy Mac logo (left) and the new Face ID logo (right).
Photo: Apple

Kare’s iconic Happy Mac logo has undergone a number of revisions since it debuted in the 1980’s. The icon was supposedly inspired partly by the Batman character Two Face. Apple originally used it to indicate that your Mac had booted up successfully. It’s now the icon for the Finder app on macOS.