22 Yosemite icons compared with their Mavericks counterparts

See how Mac OS X's design has changed in our side-by-side comparison of 22 of Apple's icons.

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  • Mavericks vs Yosemite Intro
  • Mavericks vs Yosemite Finder Finder
  • Mavericks vs Yosemite Trash Trash
  • Mavericks vs Yosemite Mac App Store Mac App Store
  • Mavericks vs Yosemite Address Book Contacts
  • Mavericks vs Yosemite Calendar Calendars
  • Mavericks vs Yosemite Preview Preview
  • Mavericks vs Yosemite iBooks iBooks
  • Mavericks vs Yosemite Settings Settings
  • Mavericks vs Yosemite Calculator Calculator
  • Mavericks vs Yosemite Safari Safari
  • Mavericks vs Yosemite Maps Maps
  • Mavericks vs Yosemite Dictionary Dictionary
  • Mavericks vs Yosemite Expose Mission Control
  • Mavericks vs Yosemite FaceTime FaceTime
  • Mavericks vs Yosemite Game Centre Game Centre
  • Mavericks vs Yosemite Launchpad Launchpad
  • Mavericks vs Yosemite Mail Mail
  • Mavericks vs Yosemite Messages Messages
  • Mavericks vs Yosemite Notes Notes
  • Mavericks vs Yosemite Reminders Reminders
  • Mavericks vs Yosemite TextEdit TextEdit
  • Mavericks vs Yosemite Time Machine Time Machine
  • yosemite 4 Yosemite features
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Mavericks vs Yosemite: icons

When OS X Yosemite arrives on your Mac later this year (or soon, if you're a developer or have registered for the public beta programme), you're going to notice several changes, including a brand-new look. With this new look, which takes some design cues from iOS 7, you'll get some completely redesigned icons. See: Top 5 ways to get OS X 10.10 Yosemite now

We've created a slideshow to show you each of the new icons in Yosemite beside the current icons found in OS X Mavericks, so you'll know what to expect. Everything from the Finder icon to the Trash can has changed, but here we've picked out 22 of Apple's app icons to compare.

Use the slideshow controls above and right to take a look.

[Read our best new features in Yosemite article]

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When OS X Yosemite arrives on your Mac later this year (or soon, if you're a developer or have registered for the public beta programme), you're going to notice several changes, including a brand-new look. With this new look, which takes some design cues from iOS 7, you'll get some completely redesigned icons. See: Top 5 ways to get OS X 10.10 Yosemite now

We've created a slideshow to show you each of the new icons in Yosemite beside the current icons found in OS X Mavericks, so you'll know what to expect. Everything from the Finder icon to the Trash can has changed, but here we've picked out 22 of Apple's app icons to compare.

Use the slideshow controls above and right to take a look.

[Read our best new features in Yosemite article]

 

Mavericks vs Yosemite: Finder

That happy little Finder icon is about to get brighter, and even smilier in OS X Yosemite.

Read: Yosemite tips for beginners

 

Mavericks vs Yosemite: Trash

The Trash can has had a major make-over, doing away with the wire basket in favour of a white bin with colourful pages inside when full.

 

Mavericks vs Yosemite: Mac App Store

The Mac App Store icon is now flatter and less shiny in OS X Yosemite.

 

Mavericks vs Yosemite: Contacts

The Contacts icon is darker, with a person on the front rather than the @ sign to represent emails. The tabs are now colourful, too.

 

Mavericks vs Yosemite: Calendars

Another app to get Apple designer Jony Ive's flattening treatment is the Calendar, which now has a simpler icon without that flapping page and the ring binders.

 

Mavericks vs Yosemite: Preview

Gone is the boy in the Preview icon photo, replaced by a simple sea scene. The pebble beach photograph remains intact in the new icon, but the magnifier looks a bit more modern than its predecessor.

 

Mavericks vs Yosemite: iBooks

The iBooks app was already quite simple and flat, but it's even flatter and more minimalist in OS X Yosemite.

 

Mavericks vs Yosemite: Settings

We actually preferred the Settings icon in Mavericks, but there's a slightly darker and more simplified version in Yosemite.

 

Mavericks vs Yosemite: Calculator

The Calculator icon in Yosemite looks just like the calculator in iOS 7.

 

Mavericks vs Yosemite: Safari

The Safari icon is now completely circular, and significantly simplified compared with its Mavericks counterpart.

 

Mavericks vs Yosemite: Maps

Not much has changed with the Maps icon, probably because it was designed more recently than most of the other icons in this list. It is, however, getting a little '3D' icon in the circle.

 

Mavericks vs Yosemite: Dictionary

The Dictionary appears to have shrunk in OS X Yosemite, and some of the text has been removed from the front cover, too.

 

Mavericks vs Yosemite: Mission Control

We're not too keen on the new Mission Control icon, which shows a black background with three coloured boxes on top. Previously, there were images in each of those boxes, but they are now simple gradients.

 

Mavericks vs Yosemite: FaceTime

The FaceTime icon is completely different in Yosemite, now bright green with no skeuomorphism. It also features a phone icon, as FaceTime audio is available in addition to video call functionality.

 

Mavericks vs Yosemite: Game Centre

The Game Centre icon has been replaced with the bubbly iOS 7 Game Centre icon in Yosemite.

 

Mavericks vs Yosemite: Launchpad

The new Launchpad icon features a slightly tweaked rocket and a less shiny overall design.

 

Mavericks vs Yosemite: Mail

The new Mail icon still features the eagle, though it's slightly brighter and there's a new sky behind it in the Yosemite version. The post mark has moved from the left to the right, too.

 

Mavericks vs Yosemite: Messages

The Messages icon is simpler and flatter than the one found in Mavericks.

 

Mavericks vs Yosemite: Notes

Gone is the writing on the Notes icon, replaced by a simple, blank, white notepad in Yosemite.

 

Mavericks vs Yosemite: Reminders

The ticks on the Reminders app icon in Mavericks are now colourful circles in the Yosemite version.

 

Mavericks vs Yosemite: TextEdit

Apple's TextEdit icon has also lost the writing, as well as the yellow paper. It's now a simple, blank piece of lined paper with a tweaked silver pen on top.

 

Mavericks vs Yosemite: Time Machine

Time Machine's icon in Yosemite is simpler, flatter and less skeuomorphic than the Time Machine icon in Mavericks.

 

Find out more about Yosemite

You can read all about the new features in Yosemite over in our Yosemite Topic Zone. Including the following:

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