Apple Begins To Patent iOS 7′s New Set Of (Colourful) Stock Icons

Apple Begins To Patent iOS 7′s New Set Of (Colourful) Stock Icons


With the official unveiling of iOS 7 at Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference just a few weeks ago, the world saw a glimpse at Apple’s possible design direction for the mobile operating system – going forward.

Specifically notable was the change Apple had made to the design of iOS‘s set of ‘default’ homescreen icons. Since their unveiling to the public, Apple’s new set of iOS icons have been compared, stripped apart, called “child-like,” and ‘dissected’ for all that they’re worth — and yet, to ensure that nobody else is able to copy them, Apple is this week beginning the process of patenting them.

Our friends at PatentlyApple on Monday reported that Apple has begun to file for an “avalanche” of designs for its new stock icons, seen in the first (and second) betas of iOS 7 which have thus far been seeded to developers. The set of icon designs Apple filed to patent at the beginning of this week, included; Camera, Calculator, Clock, Contacts, Mail and Compass.

The designs can be seen in full below, (courtesy of PatentlyApple):

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Following Monday‘s stint of filings regarding the new icons, PatentlyApple is (again) reporting this afternoon that Apple is continuing the process of attempting to patent the set of stock icon designs for iOS 7, with the company adding a further 10 designs to its original filing.

The new designs added to Apple’s original filing, include: Stocks, Maps, Weather, Notes, Videos, iMessage, Newsstand, Passbook, Settings and Reminders.

Each design can again be seen below, (courtesy of PatentlyApple):

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