Apple planning to change OS X and iOS fonts to the one used in Apple Watch


Apple is currently using a font called ‘Helvetica Neue’ for OS X and iOS that debuted with Yosemite and iOS 7 respectively. They plan to replace the font in the upcoming iOS 9 and OS X 10.11 updates with ‘San Francisco’, the font that is currently used in the Apple Watch.

Apple developed ‘San Francisco’ as a font specifically for legibility and it has the ability to scale more dynamically as opposed to other fonts. It is capable of maintaining clarity regardless of the text size. This is the main reason why it is used for the Apple Watch.


The type of font used might seem like a small change but actually makes a lot of difference. Switching to the new font on iOS and OS X will give them a fresh new look and also help maintain uniformity across different platforms.

However there are a few issues with the new font. For one, it apparently looks a bit rough on non-retina screens and Apple will have to tweak all the pre-installed applications to match the new font. It would also mean that 3rd party developers will have to redesign their apps to match the new look.


In fact Apple has already incorporated the new font into the new Apple Macbook keyboard. However if things do not get ready in time for WWDC on June 8th, they could very well postpone or cancel the plans to change the font at least for now.


Author: Sandeep Sarma

Sandeep Sarma is a blogger and a freelance photographer. Apart from gadgets and phones, he also has a passion for movies and cars. He currently uses the S7 Edge as his main phone. Catch him on twitter at @sandeep9sarma