With the official launch of iOS 7 expected sometime next month, 9to5Mac is reporting that Apple is asking developers to submit app icons that have been optimized for use in the next-generation OS.
For iOS 7, iPhone app icons have grown to 120×120 pixels, compared to 114×114 pixels in iOS 6. For the iPad, iOS 7 icons should measure in at 152×152 pixels, instead of the 144×144 pixels in iOS 6.
Currently, non-optimized app icons in iOS 7 sport a small white border.
The site is reporting that developers who have submitted the smaller app icons have received an email from Apple with the new measurements:
Apple does not explicitly mention iOS 7 in the email, but the resolutions match iOS 7′s requirements. Since the submitted app is an iOS 6 app, it appears that the new icon sizes listed in the email were provided in error. Nonetheless, the mistake seems to indicate that Apple is ramping up its preparations for iOS 7′s debut. Apple will certainly make the new icon sizes are requirement when it opens up iOS 7 app submissions.
Reportedly, iOS 7 should be released soon after the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C are officially announced at a special event on Tuesday, Sept. 10.
Along with a flatter look across the entire OS, Apple has added a substantial amount of new features to iOS 7, including Control Center, iTunes Radio, Activation Lock, Air Drop, and more.
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