The New iPad Uses Helvetica Neue
A few years ago, John Gruber noted that iOS renders the retina display iPhones’ system fonts to Helvetica Neue. Before the iPhone 4 was released, Apple has always been using Helvetica as the system font.
I’ve had a closer look at the new iPad today and it looks like it also uses Helvetica Neue1. It’s an amazing font to use on a retina screens.
You can see from the picture below that the % character is clearly different in Helvetica Neue. The o that is used in the character is more rounded.
Another example is the letter ‘a’ in the picture below.
The new font is clearly much better on the new iPad. I’m often pleased by little improvements like this.
Helvetica and Helvetica Neue is a very similar font. I can’t say 100% if it is Helvetica Neue, but I’m fairly sure it is. Please let me know if I’m wrong. ↩