Along with the cancelling of AppleCare vacations in preparation of the release of iOS 7 and sale of both the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C, the Fruit Company has began emailing developers asking developers to submit new icons. The reason being isn’t just because developers are recommended to make their icons match the look and feel of iOS 7, but moreso because iOS 7 icons are actually slightly larger than iOS 6 icons.
You can see in the image below (via 9To5Mac) that Netflix has yet to optimize their app icon for iOS 7 and as such there is a small white border compared to Apple’s icons. If you take an icon for an iPhone app for example, in iOS 6 these icons had a dimension of 114 x 114, but in iOS 7 the dimension has increased to 120 x 120. As for the iPad iOS 6 icons were previously at 144 x 144, but in iOS 7 they are 152 x 152.
These are the requirements Apple has set fourth on developers:
Invalid Image - For iOS applications, icons included in the binary submission must be in the PNG format.
- If your application supports the iPhone device family, you must include square icons of the following dimensions: 57×57 pixels and 120×120 pixels.
- If your application supports the iPad device family, you must include square icons of the following dimensions: 72×72 pixels, 76×76 pixels and 152×152 pixels
Despite the fact that Apple doesn’t explicitly mention iOS 7 in the email it sent out to all developers, the resolutions match iOS 7′s requirements. Besides the size change of the icons in iOS 7, Apple has also altered the corner radius as you can see in the image below.
iOS 7 is expected to launch September 10th to the public, so it makes sense Apple would start emailing developers now in preparation of the new mobile operating system’s public debut.