Things that make you go “Duh!” – The iPhone’s Maps icon - Macenstein

Things that make you go “Duh!” – The iPhone’s Maps icon

I was looking at the iPhone this morning, and started wondering about the Maps icon. Since there is a reason behind pretty much everything Apple’s designer’s do, I wondered if there was a reason Apple chose to show Interstate 280 on the icon. Assuming the answer was “yes”, I decided to try to find that location.

So in what I thought was a brilliant move (and brilliant waste of time), I typed “Interstate 280” into Google Maps. I figured I would just zoom in, and begin a relaxing “drive” across the US, looking for a match between the distinctive roads shown on the icon, and the roads along Route 280. Not being overly familiar with Interstate 280, when I saw that the default result Google gave me was in CA, just outside San Mateo, about 12 dozen light bulbs went off in my brain, and the thunderous “SLAP!” of my hand hitting my forehead could be heard all the way to Cupertino. For that is when I suddenly had one of those “Duh!” moments you feel (almost) too embarrassed to even write about.

I guess the “Loopy” road should have been a clue…

The pin’s a little off (or Google is) but there is no doubt that is Apple’s HQ at 1 Infinite Loop we are seeing on the iPhone. I guess as an owner of a Garmin GPS unit that always wants me to start my trips from Garmin’s Kansas factory, I should have known better.

16 Responses to “Things that make you go “Duh!” – The iPhone’s Maps icon”
  1. Jonro says:

    Look what you’ve done! Now I want to update the icon to display *my* home.

  2. kot says:

    I realized that from day one. the first time I saw this icon…

  3. Kot, congratulations. I’ll send you a cookie.

    -the Doc

  4. byronchurch says:

    Good Job ,Good insight ,Good Website ! I have a Plethora of iPhone blogs that I check for tasty morsels of my new obsession and have been getting un-briliantly smug in my disapproval of re-headlined week old news . Good to find you . Thanks !

  5. UNIX Master says:

    Um, those of us in the area already knew that. 😉

  6. Scott says:

    Good that you poked fun at yourself — feeling embarrassed to write about it, etc., etc., but this is about as commonly known as the spelling of dog.

  7. cs says:

    I recall this mentioned many times on a variety of blogs prior to the release when all we had were screen shots.

    Yet if you didn’t know, you didn’t know.

  8. OK OK, I get it! Everyone got the memo but me!!
    On a side note, anyone else notice the “Safari icon” looks almost exactly like the Safari icon in OS X?
    -The Doc

  9. D9 says:

    OK, here’s one for you iPhone trivia buffs:

    Whose stock during what period is shown on the “Stocks” icon??


  10. Ethan says:

    For the record, I had no idea.

  11. Marcus says:

    It never even occurred to me that the icon might have some relevance. How rock & roll is that eh?

    What do I win?

  12. monoclast says:

    Actually, the pin is on the mark. Both of those side street entrances (Inifinite Loop and Mariani Ave.) are exclusive Apple campus entrances with Apple campus signs posts right there on N de Anza Blvd. It appears Apple just put the pin between both entrances. ; ) Here’s a snapshot of one of them I took recently:

  13. Same icon on the iPod Touch. Seems like a conspiracy.

  14. imajoebob says:

    I was really impressed that my then-new PowerBook took the date I activated my software and made it the date on the iCal icon. Well, at least I was until a few weeks later I saw someone else’s Mac and it used July 17 on his icon too.


  15. giantELF says:

    I have an icon in the shape of a camera lens on my iphone. Anyone know what it is?

    Kidding aside. Nice post. I love how anonymous posters need to point out how right they are. Or in the know.

    They are SOOO cool.

  16. Mudasar says:

    I want to have the old map because I don’t like the new version so how would I download the old version

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