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What is the new Inbox icon () supposed to represent?

It reminds me of cardboard 3d glasses or oculus rift or even a upside down ( old )telephone. Is it supposed to be a basket of sorts?

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You put papers in it. And you can buy it on Amazon.

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    You sell your inbox?! For how much? ;) Dec 4, 2013 at 23:28
  • @Undo Never crossed my mind. Its been a while since I used paper.
    – this
    Dec 4, 2013 at 23:29
  • @self. To be honest, I've never really put much thought into it myself before now either :)
    – Undo
    Dec 4, 2013 at 23:29
  • Should be more like this: imo i.imgur.com/lDJKnBq.jpg
    – this
    Dec 4, 2013 at 23:40
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    @self. Meh, not simple enough. Less is more.
    – Undo
    Dec 4, 2013 at 23:41
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It doesn't look right. Where's the cat?

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It's a desktop inbox metaphor

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    What speaks against using the old envelope icon again? It is far less likely to be mistaken for something else. Dec 5, 2013 at 17:01
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    Huh? Were you looking for this?
    – asheeshr
    Dec 5, 2013 at 17:04
  • Ok, now I need to admit that a wooden inbox looks like a car in a 20px icon.
    – yo'
    Dec 5, 2013 at 17:14
  • The letter tray metaphor is fine. It's too bad that the icon isn't recognizable as a letter tray. Dec 6, 2013 at 1:20
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At first, I was thinking a smartphone:

iPhone

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