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  • iOS 9 San Francisco font. Cannot unsee Comic Sans.

    Posted by Jeremy Garchow on September 19, 2015 at 9:51 pm

    Anyone else?

    Every time I read my email I feel like my “Great Aunt Edna” dialed up AOL and wrote me a the latest synopsis of deep Midwestern living, whatever that means. She always wrote in Comic Sans. To Edna’s credit, she would also choose a whimsical background pattern to go with it. How fun. And bubbly.

    But now, all my supposed business emails look like dear ole Edna’s. My brain is half short circuiting on whether or not I need to take my client emails seriously or respond with a whimsical background of my own, like a sandy beach with a seashell.

    With a glass half full, I give ‘props’ to Auntie Edna. I would have never guessed she would be the internet futurist that she turned out to be.

    David Mathis replied 8 years, 8 months ago 11 Members · 25 Replies
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  • David Roth weiss

    September 19, 2015 at 10:27 pm

    I have other issues with the newest iOS release, but that’s not one of them.

    David Roth Weiss
    Director/Editor/Colorist & Workflow Consultant
    David Weiss Productions
    Los Angeles

    David is a Creative COW contributing editor and a forum host of the Apple Final Cut Pro forum.

  • Tom Sefton

    September 20, 2015 at 12:57 am

    I really hate it. It looks like android.

    Co-owner at Pollen Studio

  • Tim Wilson

    September 20, 2015 at 1:22 am

    Yo APPL, Comic Sans is a MICROSOFT font.

  • Mathieu Ghekiere

    September 20, 2015 at 10:16 am


    when I first saw it in screenshots, I hated it. I thought it really looked Windowsy, for a lack of a better word.
    Now that I have it on my iPhone 4S and my iPad Air, I’m starting to warm up to it. I still think the Compact version (that they use for the Watch and some small areas in iOS 9) looks really ugly, but the regular version is ‘okay’. Esthetically, I still love Helvetica Neue a lot more, but I get that readability on small heights can be better with the new font.

    BTW, I’m very happy with IOS 9, even on my iPhone 4S, the lowest supported hardware, it seems to work better and with more battery life then iOS 8.

  • Bret Williams

    September 20, 2015 at 1:09 pm

    What is everyone talking about? I don’t see any change on my phone. You’re seeing some sort of handwritten comic sans type font?

  • Jeremy Garchow

    September 20, 2015 at 2:48 pm


    But, for whatever reason, Comic Sans has a similarity to San(s) Francisco to me. It’s round and bubbly and causes weird letter spacing.

    I do like the iOS 9 functionality, though.

  • Bret Williams

    September 20, 2015 at 3:01 pm

    I don’t see any font change. Where do you see it. My email just looks like Helvetia, Arial, Verdana etc. Haven’t paid much attention to exactly what flavor. Certainly nothing bubbly or comical.

  • Mathieu Ghekiere

    September 20, 2015 at 4:01 pm

    in IOS 9 (as well as in El Capitan when it will be released) the system font is changed from Helvetica Neue to the Apple-developed San Francisco Font.
    Sometimes they look a bit like each other, in some cases they differ.
    You can see it very quickly in numbers.

  • Bret Williams

    September 20, 2015 at 4:14 pm

    They’re extremely similar. And if I had to choose I suppose I’d choose the tighter helvetica neue. But there is nothing even remotely similar to comic sans in my eyes.

  • Jeremy Garchow

    September 20, 2015 at 4:15 pm

    Your email doesn’t look like this:?

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