Want a more harmonic Dock on macOS Big Sur? These icon packs can help

After years of maintaining its own visual language, the macOS Big Sur will finally give in to the domination of his younger brother, iOS. One of the main changes in the future version of the system is visible right away: the icons applications will no longer have free formats, adopting the rounded corner squares so characteristic of Apple’s mobile system.

Big Sur’s native apps, of course, will automatically bring the change, but third-party apps may take a little longer – not least because Apple won’t force any developer to adapt the icons; square conformation of rounded corners is simply a recommendation in the system interface guidelines.

For users, however, this represents a certain visual pollution: some of the apps in the Dock will already be complying with the new guidelines, while others will clash with the standard. This is especially problematic for developers who are testing the first beta versions of Big Sur, since basically no one – except Apple, of course – has adapted their app icons to the new standard so far.

Fortunately, there are solutions: two designers have already launched their own icon packs for popular macOS applications. The first was Stijn de Vries, which made art available for the suite’s applications iWork, Pixelmator Pro, Twitter, GitHub, Step Two, New and Visual Studio Code – they can all be downloaded on this page.

Bas van der Ploeg also got his hands dirty: on this site, you can download icons adapted for apps Telegram, Transmission, Tweetbot, Skype, Slack, Sketch, Screens 4, Cure and for NodeMCU PyFlasher.

For those who have never changed an app’s icon on macOS, the process is very simple: just right click on the app in question, select “Get Info” and drag the image you want to use to the field where the original icon is application.


For those who understand a little programming language and want to adapt the icons of basically any macOS application, on the other hand, it is worth checking the command line tool IconSur, available for free on GitHub.

The utility works very smartly: when selecting an app to have the icon adapted, it starts searching for related apps in the iOS App Store – mainly by its name, but you can specify alternative keywords (or even a different store from the American one) ). If the corresponding app is found, the utility automatically applies the iOS icon to the macOS app.

If there is no software counterpart on iOS, on the other hand, IconSur can generate an appropriate icon automatically – it simply takes the original art from the app and applies it within a white square with rounded corners. You can customize these settings by changing the background color and the scale of the icon within the square. Smart, isn’t it?

Bonus: Big Sur on iOS

On the other hand, you will want to take the other way around and put the native macOS Big Sur icons on iOS. This is also possible – as long as you have an iPhone or iPad with jailbreak, clear.

The Big Sur theme brings the new system’s special icons to various native iOS apps: we have adaptations for apps like Safari, Mail, Maps, Calendar, Notes, Reminders, Contacts, Photos, Messages, FaceTime, Music, Calculator and more. The theme also “replaces” related application icons – Files gets the new Finder artwork, for example, while Settings gets the new look of System Preferences.

To add the package, simply add the developer’s repository to your device’s “alternative” App Store, Cydia or the Sileo. Then, you can apply the icons with the utility DreamBoard.

via 9to5Mac, iOS Hacker