Highlighting Apple's Most Serious Problem

If you know me, you know I enjoy using Apple’s products. Whether it be the iPhone, iMac, iPad, iRefrigerator… I find the simplicity and elegance to be a breath of fresh air after exclusively working on PCs for the first 18 years of my life. I do have one major issue with all of my iDevices however.

First, let’s take a look at a sample of Apple app icons.

Screenshot of iOS app icons with highlights

Do you see it? Look closer. Closer. That’s right. Every single one of them has that hokey highlight stretching across the top/middle. All of these icons look dated and cheesy, and a big reason for that is this awful highlight. But wait. It gets worse.

Screenshot of more iOS app icons with faux highlights

It’s spreading like a virus! Let this be a lesson to you, app developers. Highlights are okay, just don’t use this one anymore.