Apparently Steve Jobs hated the Google logo on his iPhone

Steve Jobs was notoriously exacting when it came to aesthetics, so it's no surprise that Apple has become famous for its design over the years. But as a recently unearthed anecdote demonstrates, Jobs wasn't just particular about Apple's own design – he even had a few thoughts about his competitors' too. Particularly when it appeared on an iPhone screen.

Back in 2008, in the very earliest days of the iPhone, Jobs personally called Google’s vice president of engineering on a Sunday evening to request an urgent update to the Google logo on its iOS app icon. The problem? A slightly incorrect yellow gradient. (If you're looking for design inspiration, check out the best logos of all time.) 

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Daniel John
Senior News Editor

Daniel John is Senior News Editor at Creative Bloq. He reports on the worlds of art, design, branding and lifestyle tech (which often translates to tech made by Apple). He joined in 2020 after working in copywriting and digital marketing with brands including ITV, NBC, Channel 4 and more.