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While just browsing through apps like the CoreServices in both Mac and iOS, I found that most (all?) of the pictures have sizes and memory, but don't show anything when I quick look or open them. What is going on?

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The images stored in CoreServices, such as those in /System/Library/CoreServices/CoreTypes.bundle/Contents/Resources, should be easily viewable in Finder — though, the majority of these are in the icns format. I'm also able to view the png images inside (Which particular images can't you view?)

But most png images on iOS are optimized for display on iOS (which involves switching some color channels and otherwise reducing the file size), so you can't view them in OS X without some preprocessing. See this blog post for more information.

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Right now, what I was looking at was SpringBoard. I'll try copying them to the Pictures folder so I can view them on the iPhone. Thanks! – CoffeeRain Apr 2 '12 at 20:47
There are tools such as iPhonePNGApp which can convert the files for you, as well. – jtbandes Apr 2 '12 at 20:48
Thanks for the app. It worked! – CoffeeRain Apr 2 '12 at 20:57

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