I was reading the iOS Human Interface Guidelines the other night, and I came to the section about icons and their selected/de-selected states, where the icons from the iOS version of iTunes were used as an example. I thought the icon that is used for 'Artists' (the singer with microphone) was somehow new, because it looked different, but strangely familiar.
I opened up iTunes on my phone and clicked on 'Artists' and sure enough, it's the same icon just in a different colour. I still couldn't shake the feeling that I have seen this guy somewhere else before.
The big Apple iPhone and Watch announcement this past Tuesday was accompanied by another bit of news that was received with less fanfare and more groans - U2's latest album is available for download for free. In fact, if you're an iTunes user, it's already in your downloads folder. Go check. I'll wait. Intrusive, no?
The partnership between Apple and U2 goes back a decade through various releases, advertisements and products, most notably the PRODUCT(RED) initiative.
Is this another collaboration? Is that little 'Artists' icon dude *gasp* Bono?
The similarities are striking. Both have mouth agape, collared jacket, as well as the same nose, forehead, hair and microphone. I could be very late to the party and this could be old news, but it caught me by surprise.