Apple rumored to be changing fonts in iOS 9, OS X 10.11; goodbye, Helvetica Neue?

With Apple WWDC kicking off on June 8, we can safely assume that Apple will show us the next iteration of its popular mobile platform, iOS. In particular, iOS 9 is mostly expected to feature under-the-hood performance and stability improvements to the OS; of course, we are dealing with Apple here, which means that we might be in for a surprise or two. 

A new rumor regarding iOS 9 just popped up. According to it, iOS users might have to emotionally prepare to part with the Helvetica Neue font that is the current top choice for iOS and welcome a newcomer. The new system-wide font that iOS 9 is said to employ is San Francisco, the font that got introduced along with the Apple Watch. The latter is specifically designed to be better suited for smaller displays and improve readability, as it scales in a more dynamic fashion with both small and larger text sizes. 

As the rumor goes, San Francisco will not only land on iOS, but on OS X as well, narrowing the gap between the two platforms even more. As far as Helvetica Neue is concerned, it got introduced in iOS 7 where it complemented the refreshed looks of the platform. It goes without saying that if Apple is to change the default system font, it will need to overhaul all of its stock apps that ship with iOS, and as 9To5Mac claims, many Apple employees have already noticed and reported the changes in the internal daily build for both iOS 9 and the next OS X version, OS X 10.11.

source: 9To5Mac

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26 Comments

1. bubbadoes

Posts: 1225; Member since: May 03, 2012

yeah. probably because sammy copied the font of ios.

3. gaming64 unregistered

Troll again. Also, change your profile pic. You dont look good.

4. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Dont worry about him, he already proved himself to be retarded

10. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Even your mother hates you.

13. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

You're really stupid, aren't you.

18. waddup121 unregistered

they font looks just the same...

21. steodoreben

Posts: 379; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

I don't think so. Apple's SF font looks like Google Keyboard (Material Light) font on Android JB. Apple fans will then blame Android for copying. HMMM. :3

22. Simona unregistered

man u real? that font style been here on earth since WW II ?

26. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

I am pretty sure the font change will be another 'revolutionary feature' for i$h-eeps like you!

2. gaming64 unregistered

NO, APPLE, NO. I personally think the current font suits the flat, translucent design better.

5. bubbadoes

Posts: 1225; Member since: May 03, 2012

i see the usuals already posting nothing in defense of my post other than childish comments. missing now tedkord. taters. ordinary and techiexp. sammysheep council of 4

6. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Yep cause you are posting grounbreaking comments hahah

11. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

What better to respond to a childish comment with than a childish response. You ask for it.

14. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

At least I'm not stupid enough to start BS. Helvetica is a FONT not owned by Apple...PERIOD. So no matter who uses it, its not owned or patented. At least on MY phone, I can install nearly whatever font "I" want if I get tired of it. You're just an ignorant trolling piece of dog crap.

20. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2125; Member since: May 29, 2014

And the winner for the MOST RETARDED comment on PA is you good sir.

7. AppleConspiracy

Posts: 637; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Good, they've finally realized that Johny Ive's philosophy isn't applicable everywhere. Since iOS7, he failed to achieve the typographic purity he was looking for. He thought that he can just put Helvetica's thin typefaces in small containers and get "good (fashion) design", but those faces were not appropriate for that purpose. For that matter, Microsoft achieved more with Windows Phone. This will be a true refreshment, and I'm sure this won't be the last intervention on Ive's initial, flawed UI system.

8. Cyberchum

Posts: 1066; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Fonts? Does it really matter, I mean those two are pretty similar, San Francisco and helvetica neue, only subtle difference.

16. HTCOE

Posts: 650; Member since: Nov 20, 2011

Apple has very good reasons for every detailed change...even the font matters. It just shows you how much they actually care. You might not care about the font but they do.

25. Scott93274

Posts: 6033; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I'm perfectly fine with a company making a decision to change a font if they choose, I just don't see why it gets reported.

9. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Haha, changing fonts? Not sure why that deserves any headlines, font changing is a breeze on Android.

24. Scott93274

Posts: 6033; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Is it? I never bothered to even try. And for god knows what reason, the media actually finds reports of companies changing fonts to be relevant and newsworthy. I'll never understand why though...

12. iLovesarcasm

Posts: 589; Member since: Oct 20, 2014

Helvetica is a great font.

15. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Nah...Calibri is.

23. RandomUsername

Posts: 808; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

I sure hope that is sarcasm...

17. BaffledTruffle

Posts: 523; Member since: Dec 07, 2013

Helvetica Neue is probably one of the best fonts I've seen and used. It suits a certain aesthetic. Quite modern.

19. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2125; Member since: May 29, 2014

Oooooooh! Changing fonts! :-/ Is it a slow new day or something?

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