Lighter typeface or heavier typeface in iOS 7?

Discussion in 'iOS 7' started by bjcskier, Jul 9, 2013.


Lighter Type or Heavier type for iOS 7?

  1. Ultra Light (Beta 1, Beta 2)

    117 vote(s)
  2. Helv. (Beta 3)

    84 vote(s)
  1. bjcskier macrumors member

    Jul 9, 2012
    Which one do you like better? I'm personally a fan of the lighter - it looks cleaner and makes iOS7 look much different than its predecessors.
  2. vcao macrumors regular

    Jul 1, 2010
    They need to just add a setting for "Light" Normal" and "Bold" and be done with it.
  3. JohnnyW2001, Jul 9, 2013
    Last edited: Jul 9, 2013

    JohnnyW2001 Suspended


    Nov 6, 2012

    Beta 1/2:

    Personally I think the older version looks nicer in a screenshot, but I prefer the thicker font on my actual phone screen.

    Beta 3:
  4. tymaster50 macrumors 68030


    Oct 3, 2012
    New Jersey
    the lighter made it look better, the heavier makes it look like they're trying to go back to the iOS 6 font
  5. batting1000 macrumors 604

    Sep 4, 2011
    I like the heavier. Looks a lot more clean. The ultra light version looks too futuristic.


    Found this on The Verge forums:

  6. kmj2318 macrumors 68000


    Aug 22, 2007
    Naples, FL
    It's a pet peeve of mine when people say Ultra Light, Ultra Light is used incredibly infrequently in iO7. It's only used for things like the lock screen time, world clock, and temperature. What changed was Helvetica Light went to Helvetica Regular/Roman.

    Anyway, I prefer Helvetica Light, but maybe I just need to get used to the change.
  7. JohnnyW2001, Jul 9, 2013
    Last edited: Jul 9, 2013

    JohnnyW2001 Suspended


    Nov 6, 2012
  8. Ottoman1 macrumors regular

    Sep 21, 2012
    I like the heavier one but agree this should be an option in the final release.
  9. KeanosMagicHat macrumors 65816


    May 18, 2012
    Most people around my parents' age would struggle to read the original lighter style so, for their benefit & others like them, I vote for the newer heavier font with increased clarity.
  10. Rogifan macrumors Core


    Nov 14, 2011
    Apple must have received feedback that the lighter font was difficult to read and so they changed it. If they get feedback this is too thick maybe they'll add an option in the settings to switch between a normal and light font.
  11. ra4oasis macrumors 6502


    Jul 10, 2010
    I really liked the lighter fonts. It doesn't really matter THAT much, but it would be nice to just have the option in the end.
  12. VSMacOne macrumors 601


    Oct 18, 2008
    While the thinner font is cooler, the thicker font is much easier to read, IMO.
  13. sou1 so1di3r macrumors 6502a

    sou1 so1di3r

    Jun 26, 2008
    Denver, CO
    definitely agree. instantly noticed this when I upgraded to b3
  14. Divegent macrumors member

    Oct 7, 2007
    Berlin, Germany
    On a non retina screen like the iPad mini's the lighter font doesnt look that great, especially with very small font sizes. They should try to fix this, Beta 3 is way better when it comes to this.
  15. 960design macrumors 68030

    Apr 17, 2012
    Destin, FL
  16. dominic252 macrumors member

    Jul 7, 2010
    I honestly preferred the ultra light more. Now it just looks too bold...especially in the messages app. In the setting it's okay because the type has some space in between it, but it's too close to be that weight in messages. Maybe increase the leading? Or use the "light" weight? It's in between ultralight and regular. Maybe that'll be a nice balance of readability and aesthetics.
  17. fivedots, Jul 9, 2013
    Last edited: Jul 9, 2013

    fivedots macrumors 6502a

    Jun 29, 2011
    Thinner font looked neater but the the thicker version is the better choice. More consistently legible in more situations by more users.

    The thinner version would be a step back in usability for many existing iOS 6 users. While you and I may be able to read it just fine, many can't, and I can't imagine anything that would tarnish the impression of the OS worse than "I used to be able to read it and now I can't".
  18. mirzank macrumors regular

    Apr 15, 2008
    i doubt the change came as a result of feedback. I think what the final GM will have is ultra light beta 1/2 font for iPhones/ipods, and the regular beta 3 font for ipad's.

    ios 7, is only ending up on retina display iphones, where the light font renders quite nicely. but its still coming to the non retina ipad 2 so they need to use the more legible on non-retina font there.
  19. aimee.elizabeth macrumors 6502

    Sep 28, 2012
    I personally like the light font. Even though my eyesight is bad, I can still see it fine. Although I do understand why some people would prefer the bolder/heavier version.

    What I really don't understand is that while Apple is willing to give us different font sizes and the option for bold text, why can't they implement that change over the whole OS instead of only for apps that support it. I mean it's pretty clear that if someone wants to use bold font or a bigger font size, they want to see it across the OS, not just on some apps.
  20. Parise macrumors 6502a


    Jun 12, 2012
    Orlando, FL

    How about the CHOICE to select which font you want? Personally, I dont mind the Beta 3 font throughout the OS, however it looks like **** in the Messages app. The lighter font looked so much better for SMS and iMessage.

    And seriously, how bad is the majority of everyones eyesight? Mine is pretty bad and I could see the skinny font just fine.
  21. Rogifan macrumors Core


    Nov 14, 2011
    I see via my twitter feed that Business Insider is running a "font gate" click bait story claiming bloggers scored one over on Jony Ive by getting him to change the font in iOS 7. They even get quotes from Marco Armet who seems to think Apple is making changes based off of things on his blog. I almost vomited up my lunch reading the story. According to Mark Gurnman at 9to5Mac, things we're seeing in beta 3 were floating around during WWDC.


    Yeah you're probably right. The more I think about it, I doub this font change was due to complaints on the interwebs...
  22. KittiFatale macrumors member


    Oct 12, 2011
    Helsinki, FI
  23. Simplicated macrumors 65816


    Sep 20, 2008
    Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
    I have to admit, the light font looks great on the device, but I had to squint to actually read. The regular one, while less pretty, is much more readable. Also, I don't see the need for an option, either.
  24. Jakimo macrumors 6502

    Apr 25, 2008
    Colorado Springs
    While I prefer the lighter font myself, I don't mind the new one.. but my thought is, why not change the Bold switch in Accessibility to a toggle between normal (beta 3 norm) light (beta 1, 2) and bold (help, I can't see things)?

    That would be nice.

    While we're at it, let's get a dawn and dusk toggling day and night modes!
  25. Cayennr macrumors member

    Feb 7, 2013
    Skopje, Macedonia
    The funny thing is that I already adopted to the “Ultra Light” variation of Helvetica Neue, so that the “normal” one looks too fat now. But yeah, the heavier typeface is definitely better.

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