Go old-school with iPhone icons inspired by 1984 Macintosh

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The iPhone and Macintosh can be friends
Wax nostalgic for the 1984 Macintosh with a set of iOS icons and wallpapers inspired by Steve Jobs’ pet project.
Photo: Ben Vessey

Take your iPhone back to Apple’s roots with a set of replacement iOS icons inspired by early Macintosh computers. Keep the links to your 2021 applications on your iPhone, but sub in icons that have the look of the first Mac’s 72 dpi screen thanks to the iOS (Old School) collection from designer Ben Vessey.

“Each bespoke icon has been lovingly hand crafted using old-school techniques — Steve Jobs would be proud!” promises Vessey.

Replacement home screens are a feature that debuted in iOS 14. Get started by reading Cult of Mac’s guide to how to give your iPhone Home screen a new look with custom icons.

Take you iPhone back the original Macintosh with iOS (Old School)

There are 110 icons in the pack. That includes ones for Apple application like Contacts, Photos and Apple TV. And third-party software isn’t overlooked, as the collection includes Slack, Netflix, Twitter and plenty more. Plus there are six monochromatic wallpapers to complete the look. And Dark and Light themes, too.

There’s a free sample containing 20 icons in the light theme and two wallpapers available for simply tweeting about iOS (Old School). Or the full set is £3.99.If there’s some apps you’re just dying to have retro icons for, you can get the full set and five custom icons for £79.99.

Vessey is a freelance digital product designer based in London. This isn’t the first time he brought back the look of the ‘80s Macintosh. In 2012, he released Mac OS (Old School) to replace OS X icons with retro ones.