The apple icon in the menu bar is a black gradient (everything on this MacBook Pro seems to be a shade of grey!).

How can I change the icon to use the classic fruit colours instead?


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Here's a youtube video that covers how to do this in Mountain Lion: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y8wqOkrlX5Q

It appears to be the same in mavericks. The easier way to get to the folders in Finder is click Go > Go to Folder, or hit Shift-Command-G and in the window type /System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/LoginUIKit.framework/Versions/A/Frameworks/LoginUICore.framework/Versions/A/Resources and the other folder is /System/Library/CoreServices.

The files in Mavericks seemed to be named apple_s1.png, [email protected], apple.png and [email protected].

Good luck

  • There are some additional challenges in actually editing these files to change the color.
    – nohillside
    Aug 9, 2014 at 17:08
  • Actually, the only part I need to change the Apple Icon in the Menu Bar is to install sigsoftware.com/classicmenu then in the preferences select "Show system Apple menu when: -> Mouse within: - Inside"
    – opticyclic
    Aug 9, 2014 at 22:02
  • Yeah, there is usually some software out there that does what you want, but sometimes it's fun to get your hands dirty in the system files, lol.
    – JoshT
    Aug 24, 2014 at 0:16
  • And ClassicMenu doesn't work in macOS 10.7 or later (nor 10.6 on Intel CPUs); it's PowerPC-only. PS: The corresponding files I'm seeing in macOS 10.13 are: apple_s4.png, [email protected], apple.png, and [email protected]. Feb 7, 2020 at 20:52

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