New Apple Universal Logo

The computer world is abuzz about the latest release from Apple – Intel based machines that run up to 5 times faster than their earlier Power PC models.

Software that can run on both Apple machines are referred to as ‘Universal‘ applications (lucky for us slow-to-adapt Mac heads, Apple Universal IconApple decided not to scuttle the older platform – yet). To identify ‘Universal’ applications, Apple has added this icon to their already expansive catalog of nifty icons and logos.

Based on the Yin Yang symbol, the new logo will identity software apps Mac Classic & Apple Universal logosthat are designed to run natively on both the new Intel machines, as well as the older Power PC models. I generally like the concept, but the text portion is a little weak for my tastes. Then again, I’m not the commander of a multi-billion computer company. The logo also replaces the old ‘happy Mac’ icon that many of us have grown to love over the years…

Apple Happy Mac Classic Logo

The design also adapts the photo-realistic ‘gel’ treatment that Apple pioneered a few years ago (and has now been beat to death by every software manufacturer on the Internet) to make it more part of the Apple design ‘family’.

This ‘news’ is a few weeks old, but it’s still fairly interesting stuff.