How iOS 7’s Font Change Looks in the New Beta 3

The number "7" in iOS7 style

By Kyle Wagner from

The number "7" in iOS7 style
iOS 7’s switch to the Helvetica Neue Ultra Light typeface was one of the bigger design points for the new OS. But it came with a catch: It looked, in places, pretty bad on non-retina screens. The fix was simple enough. Just change it back to regular weight.

Here’s what that looks like, courtesy Panic co-founder @Cable on Twitter:

How iOS 7's Font Change Looks in the New Beta 3

And here it is on non-retina iPad, via iOS engineer @youens.

How iOS 7's Font Change Looks in the New Beta 3

(Go to site to click “Expand” if compression is making the GIF appear fuzzy; you can see the details more clearly that way anyway.)

The newer version for both GIFs is the frame with the lighter blue background, instead of grey. The differences can be seen all over the OS, in Messages, Weather, and other first party Apple apps. Most of the text had been readable on non-retina iOS 7-compatible devices, but some things like badges and smaller alerts just looked bad. Still, this throws the weight of the entire OS off from where it had been, even if just slightly.

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10 Things Designers Need to Know About iOS7

Very helpful article for interface designers from

Sample iOS suggestions for screens

Apple has revealed a radical new vision for iOS – but what does this mean for designers? Sam Hampton-Smith delves into the official guidelines to find out…

Apple has long been criticised for the slightly haphazard approach it’s taken to the user interface design of its apps, and the iOS platform in general. Some apps have featured heavily skeuomorphic design, while others have been purely functional with little or no design flourish.

Yesterday, though, that all changed. At its annual developers conference, WWDC, Apple introduced an all-new design language for iOS 7, eschewing the pseudo-3D patent-leather, wood and felt in favour of a clean approach that’s typography-led and heavily (although not exclusively) influenced by flat design.

This shift in approach is a game changer to designers responsible for crafting iOS app interfaces. So what changes to iOS are most relevant to designers, and how does Apple’s change in thinking affect what it now looks for in iOS app interfaces?

We’ve scoured Apple’s Transition Guide and picked out the 10 most important considerations for designers. Read on to find out what you need to know about iOS 7 and how it will necessitate changes to the way you present your content.

01. Navigation elements are translucent

Nav bars, tab bars, tool bars and more are now see-through

One of the most important changes in iOS 7 for interface designers is the introduction of transparency and translucency.

The status bar is now transparent, while navigation bars, tab bars, tool bars and other user controls have adopted translucency. Consequently, your app content now needs to be discernible through translucent user interface elements.

You’ll also need to take account of the all-new control centre, which allows quick access to common functions on the device (such as turning on bluetooth, or adjusting the screen brightness). This modal view appears over the top of the current app or homescreen, using a translucent effect to continue hinting at what lies beneath.

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