Apple is implementing a new anti-phishing Privacy icon in its upcoming iOS 11.3 and macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 operating systems. But other than protecting user’s privacy, the icon also has a hidden and quirky secret.
Word of the Privacy icon’s existence first surfaced earlier this week, when beta testers were greeted with a splash page describing the feature, how it works, and doubling-down on Apple’s commitment to privacy.
The feature is meant to fight phishing by appearing when Apple — and only Apple — is making an official request for confidential information or login credentials.
But, as first pointed out by Business Insider, the Privacy icon isn’t just a logo of two people shaking hands. In the middle of the icon is also a hidden smiley face — created by the shape of the arms and the two silhouetted heads.
It’s not the first time that Apple had some fun with its icons or logos. The current Finder logo is also a smiley face for example, and the original Macintosh icons designed by Susan Kare were similarly playful.
It’s not the first time that Apple has hidden a secret within one of its icons, either. Who can’t forget Apple’s subtle and clever icon-based dig at Microsoft. If you aren’t familiar, in macOS, when a Mac finds a Windows PC in the network, there’s a small icon of a non-Apple computer.
If you look closer, the computer’s display is showing the infamous “blue screen of death” that appears when Windows crashes or suffers another serious error. On a similar note, the design of the PC itself seems to be pretty outdated, too.