iOS9 font is ugly

Discussion in 'iOS 9' started by amirite, Jul 10, 2015.

  1. amirite macrumors 6502a

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    Okay it's fine in most places although I do prefer Helvetica Neue, but the numbers are hideous! The time at the top of the screen is the worst. It feels like I jailbroke my phone and installed an ugly custom font. It looks too wide and a little too bold. Also too androidy
     
  2. hojx, Jul 10, 2015
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    Many people have complained about legibility issues with Helvetica Neue in iOS 7 & 8. (Though I have no issues and in fact did not like the later increase in font weight).

    SF is rather similar to Helvetica Neue, but it is further tweaked to enhance legibility at small sizes. Hence SF Compact (on WATCH), and text at small sizes with increased weight in iPhone look especially different from previous versions.

    You can especially appreciate the beauty of SF when it is used as a display font at large sizes. Too bad there were so many complaints about Helvetica Neue, plus the usage of Helvetica Neue could be so easily copied by other companies.
     
  3. serialtoon macrumors 6502a

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    Something about the new font makes me think it looks like a Samsung Galaxy of sorts.
     
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    Yap.. Neue Helvetica was much better, more elegant.
     
  5. The Doctor11 macrumors 603

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    I couldn't be happier with the SF font on iOS. I love it :)
     
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    Surely you’re jesting. The typeface is a lot spacier. The characters may not be all that different, but overall look does. Commas and quotations are wider as well.

    It’s not a beautiful typeface, but it does improve legibility. I suppose that’s the sacrifice we have to make for a system typeface.
     
  10. pdaholic macrumors 6502a

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    My only gripe with the fonts is that used in the Notes app. Never used that app previously, but now that I am, I've notice that the font looks blurry.
     
  11. Ke1ington macrumors 6502a

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    I agree the numbers on the status bar look funky. I like how it looks everywhere else.

    Just a matter of time before people get used to it and it's forgotten.
     
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    i only know cuz i have read about it. honestly cant spot the difference, same with El Capital :D unless its times new roman or comic sans it makes no difference to me. cant even tell holding my iPad on 8.4 next to it
     
  13. chrf097 macrumors 68040

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    I disagree. While Helvetica Neue is still a beautiful font, compared to all the other fonts Apple has used in their systems, it's my least favorite.

    However, nothing will beat Apple's original "Chicago" font. That is definitely my #1 favorite font.
     
  14. amirite thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I'm seriously hoping it's just a temporary oversight.
     
  15. batting1000 macrumors 604

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    What's so funky about them? Been the same since b1
     
  16. Tsepz macrumors 68000

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    I'm loving it, but I'm on an iPad. Looks great, especially the lower case letters on the keyboard.
     
  17. kmj2318 macrumors 68000

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    People react too quickly. You can learn to get used to anything.
     
  18. DomC macrumors 6502

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    Using the Notes app I can't tell if this is a blurry font bug or whether they are trying some sort of debossing effect. Either way it looks like a mistake. I submitted it as a bug.
    [​IMG]

    And really, a paper texture?
     
  19. hojx macrumors 6502

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    It is an embossed effect that is present in iOS 8 as well. The text itself is not blurry.
     
  20. amirite thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    It's been like this since iOS7..?
     
  21. Paddle1 macrumors 68030

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    Neither the paper texture or debossing are new.
     
  22. Paddle1 macrumors 68030

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    It's more obvious in some places than others, for example the number 7 in Helvetica has a curve while it doesn't in SF.
     
  23. DomC macrumors 6502

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    I wonder if the new font somehow makes more severe in the PB. I didn't notice it as much before.
    Sort of hokey looking.
     
  24. amirite thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    It might just be my design background but it's very, very different to me. The text has a different "feeling" which is hard to explain.
     
  25. hojx, Jul 10, 2015
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    There are many subtle differences that overall leads to very different personalities between the two font families. Screen Shot 2015-07-11 at 10.12.19 AM.png Screen Shot 2015-07-11 at 10.13.36 AM.png
     

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