New Maps Icons Show Apple's 'Spaceship' Campus Location

Tuesday June 11, 2013 8:44 AM PDT by Husain Sumra
As a part of iOS 7's major redesign, shown off at Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference keynote yesterday, the company redesigned the icons of all of the core Apple apps, giving them a simpler and cleaner look.

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9to5Mac notes that the icons for both the iOS 7 Maps app and the new Maps app coming in OS X Mavericks appear to show off the location of Apple's "Campus 2", frequently informally referred to as the "Spaceship" campus. Prior to iOS 7, the Maps icon featured Apple's current headquarters on Infinite Loop in Cupertino.

The icon design is greatly simplified, but does show a navigation route running just to the north of Interstate 280, corresponding to the location of Apple's Campus 2. Apple's Infinite Loop campus is located just south of Interstate 280, as is reflected in the current icon.

Campus 2, just a short distance away from Apple's current headquarters, is dominated by a circular 2,800,000 square foot 4-story building designed to hold 13,000 employees. It has a targeted completion date of 2016.

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Posted: 19 months ago

At least the new icon won't tell you to drive off a bridge.


If anyone is stupid enough to follow a GPS off a cliff... that's just natural selection.
Rating: 19 Votes
Posted: 19 months ago
At least the new icon won't tell you to drive off a bridge.
Rating: 12 Votes
Posted: 19 months ago
I guess it fits the current Apple Maps strategy of adding landmarks that don't exist.
Rating: 9 Votes
Posted: 19 months ago

At least the new icon won't tell you to drive off a bridge.

Nor did the old one.
Rating: 3 Votes
Posted: 19 months ago
I'll miss the loop. I think this was a poor decision by Apple, seeing as how their new campus doesn't exist yet and it's a boring looking road map. I guess since they're changing the icon anyway... but still, wish they had waited.
Rating: 2 Votes
Posted: 19 months ago
Ah!

I'd known about the current icon and so I was quite confused by the decision to change it.

Now it makes sense. Kind of. Whereas Infinite Loop has a very distinctive road pattern, the Spaceship does not... IDK, I'll miss the loop even though I never was there in person.
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Posted: 19 months ago
The new maps icon in iOS 7 looks terrible, but overall much better than the rest of the redesigned stock apps Apple revealed yesterday, which isn't really saying much. I'm so disappointed with their new icon aesthetic, it's a major step backwards IMO.
Rating: 2 Votes
Posted: 19 months ago
The aerial view of the "Spaceship" makes it look like an infinite loop.
Rating: 2 Votes
Posted: 19 months ago
That would be north of I-280 :apple:
Rating: 2 Votes
Posted: 19 months ago
Well, Apple sure has money. Comparison of 2012 to 2016 - 2012 are HP and other companies' buildings, 2016 only Apple.

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