Apple Launches SF Symbols 5 With 700+ New Icons for Developers to Use in Apps

Apple today introduced SF Symbols 5, a new version of the library of iconography that it provides to developers for use in apps. The icons have been created to integrate with San Francisco, the system font that Apple uses for its devices.

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There are more than 5,000 symbols in total, with SF Symbols 5 adding 700 characters. Some of the new symbols in the update include game controller buttons, weather conditions, additional currencies, and automotive indicators. The symbols are available in apps running iOS 17, iPadOS 17, macOS Sonoma, tvOS 17, and watchOS 10.

The update also introduces symbol animations with behaviors like bounce, scale, and pulse defining how symbols and their layers move. Apple says that the animated effects bring "bring vitality to interfaces and provide feedback to user input while communicating changes in status and ongoing activity." To support animations, symbols have been redrawn and optimized for motion.

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Apple included improved tools for developers who want to create custom symbols, including a library of enclosure shapes, badges, and slashes, along with updated annotation tools. A new inspector allows for animation previews for system symbols and custom symbols.

Developers are able to use Apple's SF Symbols wherever there are interface icons, including navigation bars, toolbars, tab bars, and context menus.

SF Symbols 5 can be downloaded from Apple's developer site.

Top Rated Comments

mystery hill Avatar
7 months ago

how can icons be a beta?
The FineWoven case should have been a beta.
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
macduke Avatar
7 months ago
Love this. I'm a sucker for high quality iconography.
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
cambookpro Avatar
7 months ago
If you want to view these on iOS, or aren’t a developer, I’ve developed a SF Symbols app which lets you preview animations, generate code, add custom collections and more: https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/san-fransymbols/id1504761986
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
macduke Avatar
7 months ago

The FineWoven case should have been a beta.
TBF, the FineWoven accessories are barely in alpha.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Aaronp613 Avatar
7 months ago
PSA: Apple did not remove the beta label yet but the download link is for the 5.0 stable version
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
headlessmike Avatar
7 months ago

how can icons be a beta?
If Apple receives feedback they can still update designs before they are final.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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