As expected, iOS 9 brings a new font and a big change to the keyboard

As expected, iOS 9 brings a new font and a big change to the keyboard
With the introduction of iOS 9 at WWDC today, Apple made official a couple of changes to its mobile OS that affect the way that it looks. First of all, iOS 9 replaces the Helvetica font with the San Francisco font used on the Apple Watch. The latter is said to offer improved readability. The Helvetica font was introduced with the major design changes made to iOS 7.

Additionally, iOS 9 finally ends an annoying feature that made typing on the iPhone and iPad a little more difficult than it had to be. Since the beginning, the iOS keyboard always showed the upper-case form of each letter even if the phone was shifted to lower-case. Other platforms, including Android, dynamically change the look of each letter on the keyboard depending on the position of the shift key. With iOS 9, the iPhone and iPad's virtual QWERTY will do the same thing.

Developers get first crack at iOS 9 starting today. Apple will open its public beta program for iOS 9 next month.


source: AppleInsider

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25 Comments

1. ThePython

Posts: 902; Member since: May 08, 2013

It looks... almost the same?

2. AlikMalix unregistered

This is one thing I was envy of in some androids - lower case letters in keyboard. It sucks that most of the time we'll be seeing lower case letters when keyboard is on display, but I'll have to get used to it - it is better after all.

19. Simona unregistered

I can do this even now with cydia app :)

3. darkkjedii

Posts: 30971; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Same boring, but effective keyboard.

8. gaming64 unregistered

You do now there are plenty alternative third party keyboards, right?

12. icdvtrvt

Posts: 43; Member since: May 05, 2014

Third party keyboards tend to freeze the messenger app, otherwise I'd be with iPhone. Not sure if this was fixed with 8.3 or not, but I'm jailbroken on 8.1.2 and until a jailbreak happens for 8.3 or 8.4, don't plan on changing that.

17. darkkjedii

Posts: 30971; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

8.3 is pretty buggy as well.

16. darkkjedii

Posts: 30971; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Yes like swiftkey, which is way better. I'd like to see a Samsung type keyboard for ios, that uses long presses and haptic feedback. The stock one is boring but effective.

25. icdvtrvt

Posts: 43; Member since: May 05, 2014

Tried Swiftkey, Nintype, and one other, keep going back to Swype for some reason. I can't stand to text on the original iphone keyboard once I got used to Swype.

4. Retrospective1

Posts: 45; Member since: Feb 24, 2015

So Apple new ios9 Notes app is now a rip off of SNote for Note series using Spen, now u can use your hand to write and add pictures like Smart select, just not as good.

5. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

I'd be happy just to get my keyboard working properly. Tried to write this on my ipad air but it's almost impossible! Every time I try to write something the keyboard shuts down in the middle of my words then when I reopen it I have to stop it from automatically capitalizing the next letter so if you see a comment from me that looks like this YoU know wHy

6. Oltechfak

Posts: 9; Member since: Apr 28, 2015

I can't the difference from the new font and the old

13. NinjaBanana

Posts: 37; Member since: Apr 20, 2014

Do you even English?

23. Oltechfak

Posts: 9; Member since: Apr 28, 2015

I'm sorry I don't. I think I need a tutor cause you've never made a mistake.

7. gaming64 unregistered

Please, no font change. At least let us have the option to change the font. I'm not the type of guy who relies on third party keyboards for my keyboard.

9. Simona unregistered

Please bring back iOS 6 keyboard

21. Simona unregistered

Actually I got it it's called ''Vintagekeys

10. waddup121 unregistered

like it!

11. skymitch89

Posts: 1452; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

So...What's the difference in the font? The "sample images" above seem to have the same font. Same with the keyboards.

14. NinjaBanana

Posts: 37; Member since: Apr 20, 2014

The trick is to use your eyes bro

20. Simona unregistered

lower case letter keys .. but if u jailbroken u just install ShowCase very ooold app

15. dimas

Posts: 3347; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

New look doesn't matter. People are still going to cover it with fleksy anyway.

18. EbonyPericarp

Posts: 67; Member since: May 02, 2015

Meh... another non-event from Apple.

22. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

A NEW FONT!!!!!!!!!!!

24. iLovesarcasm

Posts: 589; Member since: Oct 20, 2014

Lollipop based keyboard.

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