Which do you prefer? Rate the icons one-by-one (iOS 6 vs 7 )

Wiesenlooser

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Phone: iOS 7 because of the lack of stripes.
Passbook: iOS 6
Mail: iOS 6
Photos: iOS 6 tough call though.
Facetime: iOs 7
safari: iOS 6 by a long shot
Maps: iOS 7 (one of the few new icons I really like
Notes: iOS 7
Stocks: iOS 7 (pretty good icon)
App Store: iOS 6 (because the circle is smaller and that makes it look more harmoneous)
Weather: I'd say draw. Both are pretty bad though
Clock: iOS 6
Reminders: iOS 6 (these neon colours...)
Newsstand: iOS 6 (I like neither but the new one is just off limits ugly)
Music: iOS 6 clear winner
Vidoes: iOS 6 (that gradient on the 7.... )
Messages: Draw to me both have their weaknesses.
Game Center: iOS 7 (though the icon makes no sense to me)
Contacts iOS 6
Compass: iOs 7 by far.
Camera: iOS 6
Calculator: iOS 6
Calendar: iOS 6 (just because its so much easier to read)
iTunes: iOS 6

Overall: iOS 6 vs 7: 15:7
 

NiKeZz

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The only one I don't like is game center. Just because there is no relationship between those 4 colored bubbles and games.
 

Tiptizzle

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The exact opposite of you, except the phone, calendar, passport, photos, reminders and newsstand. I prefer the newer weather app.

Icons are probably what I care about the least though.
 

zbarvian

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Frankly I don't care for either set. iOS 6 ones are more polished, but the gloss and style makes them look very dated. The new ones are simple to a fault, have a bad color palette, and just look lazy. Flat icons just don't look great, they look like random splotches of color, no sense of "touch me." I think what I want is the tactility, somewhat more complex icon like this shot on Dribbble by Webshocker:
 

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ant the ninja

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Nov 21, 2012
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iOS6 blows these icons out of the water. I dont understand how people can like the newer ones more...

The phone (as it is) looks extremely refined and professional. The new ones look kiddish and flat, they have no definition to them.
 

OneMike

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I like all of the iOS 7 icons more than the iOS 6 ones.

I don't like either game center icon. The iOS 6 one at least makes sense though. I don't know what the iOS 7 one is supposed to represent.
 

pssmith84

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I like all the iOS 7 ones more, except for Safari and Calendar as those two look unfinished to me.
 

monaarts

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The only one I don't like is game center. Just because there is no relationship between those 4 colored bubbles and games.
I think the bubbles are supposed to represent you and your friends (the bubbles) and the similarities between you all (the overlaps). This is the feeling I get from it.
 

roland.g

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I actually like or am ok with most of the icons except for Safari, Reminders, and not listed here, Settings.

I like the original passbook but understand the shift and in making them all similar, am fine with that too. The new passbook is cool as well.

I like that iTunes and App Store icons lost the starburst effect. I like the new FaceTime much much much better. I'm not sure the trim borders had to get so thin pushing the icons symbol closer to the edge. I like that they ditched the half circle highlighting glow. And I suppose I'm fine ditching all the depth shading. I like the old camera lens icon but the new one is perfectly fine.

And while the new stocks is fine, I like the blue.
 
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syd430

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I notice the worst offender of them all is noticably absent - Settings. That icon is shockingly horrible and have no idea how it was approved.

Also, the cal icon is a bit misleading. There is no boarder around the icon. Those with access to the beta, change the background to a pure white background and see what happens to the cal app. It disappears except for the graphic. Same thing happens to Stocks and a few others when you switch to pure black.

One last thing - the icons might look fairly decent in isolation and on a large monitor, but on a small 4" screen with those thin fonts and lines, and just they way they all mis-match with each other... it's well.. a mess.

Just noticed something else - You give a win to iOS 7 for Phone (for 'lack of stripes') but call it a draw for Messages... doesn't make sense.
 
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rasputin1969

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Yeah - I was impressed my the video and keynote, as were the devs in the hall itself. Hell, the videos on Apple's website still look great. It's when you have the OS in hand that you you see how off-balance everything is. If you go with a plain black wallpaper (as I do) folders look like grey/blue blobs. The dock looks like a grey blob. A plain white background is no good either. Things pick you if you choose the right wallpaper but a UI should not be so dependent on one user changeable property.
 

PrometheusGeek

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I like tho iOS 7 icons, except for camera, settings and safari. I prefer just the "lens" pictured instead of the camera clip art. For safari, I like some of the other examples I've seen. Just use the old icon graphic, but take out the N,W,E,S letters, leaving the needle, and it's cleaner and nicer. Settings is supposed to mimic clock gears. But it's too cluttered and ugly. The old one is way better. Flatten that same basic design a bit and its golden.
 

ritmomundo

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Phone: iOS 7
Passbook: iOS 6
Mail: iOS 7
Photos: iOS 6
Facetime: iOS 7
safari: iOS 6
Maps: iOS 7
Notes: iOS 7
Stocks: iOS 7
App Store: iOS 7
Weather: iOS 7
Clock: iOS 7 How can you not like the live icon?
Reminders: iOS 6
Newsstand: iOS 6
Music: iOS 7
Vidoes: iOS 7
Messages: iOS 7
Game Center: iOS 6
Contacts iOS 7
Compass: iOS 7
Camera: iOS 6
Calculator: iOS 7
Calendar: iOS 6
iTunes: iOS 7

And you forgot to include Settings, which I prefer iOS 6.

Overall: iOS 6 vs 7: 9:16
 

seble

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For me I largely prefer the ios 6 icons, I have included settings in my counting. For me the worst offenders, are Settings and Safari, with the runner ups being compass, Game centre and news stand. I also dislike how the circles on the app and itunes stores are large, they should be made smaller again...

Overall its 15:10 for me (the 15 being ios 6)
 

Orlandu

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I prefer the iOS 7 icons for all of them. The only 2 I have issues with are Game Center and Newstand. These 2 stick out like a sore thumb from the rest. I honestly don't understand the reasoning behind the bubbles for game center.
 

cambookpro

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Phone: iOS 6 - too light on iOS 7
Passbook: iOS 6
Mail: iOS 6
Photos: iOS 7
Facetime: iOS 7
Safari: iOS 6. Not even close.
Maps: iOS 7 - the best redesigned icon. More like this!
Notes: iOS 7
Stocks: iOS 7
App Store: iOS 6 - horrid gradient and circle in iOS 7.
Weather: iOS 6
Clock: iOS 7
Reminders: iOS 6
Newsstand: iOS 6
Music: iOS 6
Videos: iOS 6
Messages: iOS 6 - too light on iOS 7.
Game Center: iOS 6
Contacts iOS 7
Compass: iOS 7
Camera: iOS 6
Calculator: iOS 7
Calendar: iOS 6... iOS 7 if it had a border.
iTunes: iOS 6
Settings: iOS 6 by a long way.

Overall: iOS 6 vs 7: 16:9
 

revs

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Phone: iOS 7
Passbook: iOS 7
Mail: iOS 6
Photos: iOS 7
Facetime: iOS 7
Safari: iOS 6
Maps: iOS 7
Notes: iOS 7
Stocks: iOS 7
App Store: iOS 6
Weather: iOS 6
Clock: iOS 7
Reminders: iOS 6
Newsstand: iOS 7
Music: iOS 7
Vidoes: iOS 7
Messages: iOS 6
Game Center: iOS 6
Contacts iOS 7
Compass: iOS 7
Camera: iOS 6
Calculator: iOS 6
Calendar: iOS 6
iTunes: iOS 6

Overall: iOS 6 vs 7: 11:13

Surprising result!


Heres a crazy theory (yeah i know it wont be the case) - the icons that are white are temporary - Safari, Photos, Reminders, NewsStand, Game Centre, Calendar - you know, all the bad icons ;)
 

Menel

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The neon greens kind of hurt, even if I like the design otherwise.

Phone: 7
Passbook: 7
Mail: 7
Photos: 6, too different, lost familiar identity.
Facetime: 7, but should not be green. I associated green with carrier services, calls/sms.
safari: 6, ew, ugggh :barf:
Maps: 7
Notes: 7
Stocks: 7
App Store: 7
Weather: 7, both fail. I understand technological limitation of accurate real weather. They should be weather neutral. 4 quadrant calculator app could be mimicked showing 4 seasons.
Clock: 7
Reminders: 7
Newsstand: 7
Music: 6, changed too much, color identity, should have remained orange.
Videos: 7
Messages: 7
Game Center: 6, changed too much, lost identity. Should have stylized a scoreboard or something.
Contacts: 7
Compass: 7
Camera: 7
Calculator: 7
Calendar: 7
iTunes: 7
Settings: 7

iOS6 : iOS7 :: 4:22
 
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jbenkelman

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Love the new icons. I think they are a move forward and I find them making my phone look fresh and bright.

The only one I don't LOVE is Settings.

I am SO GLAD we did away with the sunflower Photo icon. How many pictures of sunflowers have I taken? None. The color wheel makes a lot more sense.
 

Menel

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The BIG question.

When does OSX get updated for these new icons. Why no synergy between OSX and iOS? For AppStore, Safari, etc!?