Why is Apple obsessed with the iPhone’s Calculator icon?
No app icon in the history of iPhone-dom has undergone as much design scrutiny as the poor Calculator icon. For reasons known only to Apple, the Calculator icon has been changed with each and every version of the iPhone OS, and apparently OS 4 is no different.
Perhaps sensing how important the calculator icon is in the smart phone game, it appears Apple is determined to get it just right. In fact, I’ve heard rumors that the reason the iPhone does not support Flash is because Apple reassigned key members of the Flash team to the “Calculator icon” division, which, at 11 employees, is the largest iPhone department in Cupertino, answerable only to Steve Jobs himself.
I’m not saying the evolution of the icon hasn’t been fun to watch, and I’ll admit it looks better in version 4 than version 1, but I think with the exception of the Contacts app, the calculator might by the least used app on my iPhone, and I certainly was never confused as to what it did from looking at ANY of the icons.
If anything, the iPod icon is now somewhat confusing. Who the hell has seen a click wheel iPod in the last 3 years?