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App Icons on iPad and iPhone

Except for iTunesArtwork, icon files for your app do not need to follow any naming convention. However, each icon file that you include must be listed in the Icon files entry in the Info.plist. Follow the steps in the Adding Icon files in Info.plist section.

NOTE: Icons marked with "Required" must be supplied in your application bundle. 
NOTE: iTunesArtwork icon files should be in png format, but name it without the .png extension.

iPhone-only Apps

iPhone applications need the following images included as resources in the Xcode project.

 

iPad-only Apps

iPad applications need the following images included as resources in the Xcode project. 

Universal Apps

  Universal applications need the following images included as resources in the Xcode project. 

Adding Icon files in Info.plist

To add the Icon files entry you will need to manually edit your Info.plist.

Open your Info.plist in Xcode. Command click anywhere in the space below the existing entries and select Add Row to make a new key entry as shown in Fig 1.


Fig 1: Add a new entry using the context menu

Then, type Icon files in the key column (notice the "s" added), or choose Icon files from the drop down list, as shown in Fig 2.

Fig 2:  Add Icon files key in Info.plist


 
 Next, turn down the disclosure triangle on Icon files and add the entries for the icons for your application, as shown in Fig 3 and Fig 4. If the retina and non-retina images of an icon share a common base name, you should add a single entry with this base name as its value; do not include the retina (@2x) modifier or the file extension. Otherwise, you must specify the complete file name (with extension) for each icon, and you must add separate entries for the retina and non-retina images for that icon.

Fig 3:  Add icon file entries for iPhone-only or Universal apps.


Fig 4: Add icon files for iPad-only apps.


Note: If you don't provide one of the listed optional icons, the system will automatically scale one of your existing icons to an appropriate size. However, it is strongly recommended that your application supply all the icons listed with specific sizes needed.

For more information, see the App Icons section in the iOS App Programming Guide.