Apple Clips launched today, April 5. If you’re not already in the know, Clips allows you to combine videos, photos, Live Titles, and more within your own creation. The funny thing, though, is that the app is using a very familiar icon. Is this a hint of new things still to come, or could Cupertino have gotten a bit lazy with icon creation?
Same Icon, Different Colors–Two Possible Messages?
Yes, you read that correctly. The Apple Clips app, newly launched on the App Store, is using a very familiar icon. It’s just the Facetime icon with a different color scheme. The way I see it, this could mean a couple of things.
A Hint at Group Facetime Calls
It’s possible that Cupertino is finally going to allow group calls within Facetime. Integration between Apple Clips and the audio and video calling app could also be in the works. Such integration would allow you to share a Clip within a new or ongoing Facetime call. Other video messaging apps, most notably Google Hangouts, already offers that.
Apple’s Icon Designers Got Lazy
I hope group Facetime is what Apple has in mind, but there’s another slight possibility.
It’s also plausible, even if only remotely, that the icon designers in Cupertino got lazy or were rushed for time. Perhaps Apple had another icon design in mind, but it wasn’t working out for aesthetic or other reasons. Pressed for time and wanting to launch the app today, the designers just took Facetime’s icon and Photoshopped it to change the colors.
Time Will Tell Why Apple Clips Uses Facetime’s Icon
We will just have to wait and see what else Apple does with Clips. Maybe more features are coming in the very near future. I hope that’s the case, because I would hate to think that the icon choice was just a matter of sheer laziness in Cupertino. That’s really not like them, though.
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