Back on June 10, Apple unveiled iOS 7 — and within nanoseconds, people started criticizing it on a multitude of grounds, aesthetic and otherwise. I had my own reservations, but I also concluded that the beta version, far more than most Apple betas, was a rough draft subject to meaningful revision.
And here’s evidence for that theory, courtesy of Marco Arment: Apple released an updated beta today with a new standard system font. The company swapped out the rather wispy Helvetica Neue Light in favor of plain old Helvetica Neue, a blacker version of the same typeface. It should make everything a quicker, easier read, especially in instances when the text in question is anything other than black text on a white background.
I wonder if there will be any more fundamental refinements of this sort before the software reaches consumers sometime this fall?