New Apple logo revives iconic colours for major store launch

The Apple logo is one of the most recognisable designs in tech thanks to its exemplary elegance and simplicity. It's so memorable, in fact, that the brand can play with references to previous iterations in a way that everyone immediately recognises.

That's the case in a new logo design revealed for the launch of the upcoming Apple store at the American Dream mall in New Jersey. The new take on the Apple logo offers both a blast from the past and a fresh contemporary feel all rolled into one (if you're looking for Apple gear, there are plenty of Apple Cyber Monday deals still available online).

New Apple logo in rainbow colours on a white background

The new Apple logo designed to promote the launch of Apple American Dream (Image credit: Apple)

Apple is preparing to launch its Apple American Dream store at the second largest mall in the US at 11am on Saturday (3 December). The store itself is expected to have a similar layout to the latest Apple Retail Stores. So perhaps the most interesting thing about the launch is the choice of logo. Apple's plug for the launch on its website shows a new take on its classic 1997 rainbow-coloured logo.

While the design will trigger a little nostalgia for long-time Apple fans, it also feels completely fresh and contemporary, with the rainbow colours spiralling in helix that appears to wrap around the Apple shape.

So it's just a temporary logo for a single store, big deal. But let's just appreciate how much this says about the strength of the Apple logo design over the years. There really aren't that many brands around whose past logos remain so iconic that they play with references to them that everyone immediately gets.

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The iconic Apple 'rainbow' logo was used until 1997 (Image credit: Apple)

It's also interesting that the meaning of rainbow colours has evolved since Apple's 1977 logo, which actually remained in use right up to 1997 (see our piece on the Apple logo history). The Pride Flag also uses rainbow colours, but in a different order, reflecting the actual order of the colours in a rainbow. Gilbert Baker and Lynn Segerblom's Pride flag debuted at the Gay Freedom Day Parade in San Francisco in 1978, and since then the flag has become a symbol for diversity everywhere.

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We have no idea if the timing of the new Apple logo is intentional, but it comes just as the brand is in the middle of a row with Elon Musk, who's accused it of threatening to pull its advertising from Twitter over his relaxation of the platform's rules against hate speech.

It's not the first time that Apple has made this kind of reference to its classic coloured logo. It revived the logo with slightly different colours to promote the release of the colourful 2021 iMacs. The enduring power of those colours and their connection with evocative Apple shows just how strong the Apple logo really is – and why it deserves its place in our pick of the best logos of all time.

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Joseph Foley

Joe is a regular freelance journalist and editor at Creative Bloq. He writes news and features, updates buying guides and keeps track of the best equipment for creatives, from monitors to accessories and office supplies. A writer and translator, he also works as a project manager at London and Buenos Aires-based design and branding agency Hermana Creatives, where he manages a team of designers, photographers and video editors who specialise in producing photography, video content, graphic design and collaterals for the hospitality sector. He enjoys photography, particularly nature photography, wellness and he dances Argentine tango.