Apple Watch font to be used in next-gen iOS, OSX
San Francisco, the system font for the Apple Watch, may be headed for bigger Apple devices such as Macs, iPhones and iPads, an Apple-centric site reported.
Quoting sources with knowledge of the preparations, 9to5mac.com said San Francisco will be used for iOS 9 “Monarch” and OS X 10.11 “Gala.”
"Current plans call for the Apple-designed San Francisco font to replace Helvetica Neue, which came to iOS 7 in 2013 and OS X Yosemite just last year, beginning with a June debut at WWDC," it said.
It noted Apple developed the San Francisco font, which scales more dynamically to “maintain clarity and legibility” regardless of text size, “specifically for legibility.”
Also, it pointed out Apple had been criticized for using the thin Helvetica Neue starting in iOS 7, supposedly for emphasizing clean lines over readability.
San Francisco, which 9to5mac described as "slightly flashier and somewhat more readable," debuted on Apple Watch in September 2014. The Watch was released last April.
The site also cited sources who said Apple higher-ups "believe that the new look will serve to refresh its familiar operating systems, helping iOS and OS X to avoid becoming stale."
"However, some Apple engineers have told us that they are not fans of the new font, which may look particularly rough on non-Retina screens," it added.
Still, it said multiple Apple employees said new daily builds of OS X 10.11 and iOS 9 began including the new font toward the end of March.
It added Apple will "likely also push developers to redesign their apps ahead of the new font’s general release this fall."