iOS 7's switch to Helvetica Neue Ultra Light was one of the bigger design points for the new OS. But it came with a catch: It looked, in places, pretty bad on non-retina screens. The fix was simple enough. Just change it back to regular weight. Here's what that looks like, courtesy Panic co-founder @Cable on Twitter:
The newer version is the frame with the lighter blue background, instead of grey. [Twitter]
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Apple Handpicks Its 12 Favorite Apps at WWDC
Apple Handpicks Its 12 Favorite Apps at WWDC
Developed by 3D4Medical, Complete Anatomy is 3D anatomical platform built for the iPad to assist medical students and professionals by disrupting the old-school way of teaching anatomy. The app features stunning and accurate 3D visualizations in 2K and 4K high resolution textures. It renders 3D anatomy in real-time leveraging the computational and graphical power of the iPad Pro, resulting in zero render time and lags.
"3D4 Medical Complete Anatomy wins an Apple Design Award for its incredible performance, high fidelity models, attention to detail, and uncluttered user interface."
Streaks is that good Samaritan to-do app that helps people form good habits. The app is derived from the idea that a focussed approach to a limited number of daily tasks is an effective way to harness new habits.
The Streaks app is available for the iPhone and the Apple Watch. It makes use of rich notifications and custom contexts, along with haptic feedback to remind the user of the goals they have set for themselves. The app also learns the perfect time to remind you of tasks and it has a simple getting-to-know process to get users started quickly.
"We picked this app as an Apple Design Award winner for its simplicity, great visual design, and excellent implementation on Apple Watch"
Zova is a fitness training app that centers around the idea that an achievable exercise routine is the key to one's quality of life, emotional well-being and health. The app provides rich, well-considered, polished videos paying special attention to the context of the user.
The Apple TV app features content made especially for the large screen and can be controlled using the Siri remote. It provides easy-to-follow instructions for exercises.
" The highly engaging videos and clever format keep the user focused on working out. With thoughtfulness woven into each aspect of this app, it's a clear choice for an Apple Design Award."
It is an innovative video collaboration app that enables teams to work on films and videos together, efficiently.
Frame.io simplifies the complicated process of collaboration to review and provide feedback in real-time. The app has a distinct and coherent user interface, motion effects and supports Auto Layout, Dynamic Type, 3D Touch, Quick Actions and Peek and Pop.
"The app was picked as a winner because it solves a real problem in an elegant way."
Ulysses is an app for creative writers, novelists, students, journalists and bloggers. It is a powerful text editor for Mac, iPad and iPhone and offers seamless synchronization between all platforms. It features a clean and uncluttered design optimized for writing without distraction. It provides tools for writers to be productive during the entire drafting process.
The app has Fullscreen Mode, Dark Mode and Minimal Mode along with support for multitasking by enabling Split View and Slide Over, 3D Touch, Sharing extensions, Spotlight search, Handoff between devices and iCloud sync.
" Ulysses was picked as an Apple Design Award winner because of its strong execution, and because it allows users to work on their device of choice while providing a consistent and device appropriate experience."
Chameleon Run, developed by Noodlecake Studios, is a fast-paced auto runner with a colorful twist. Offering Siri remote integration on tvOS and Multi-touch on iOS, the gameplay is fast, responsive and addictive. It has stunning visual representation, beautiful graphics and excellent visual effects.
It also features a great sound-track, intuitive and natural control, making it a game that is hard to put down.
"With a great soundtrack, fun sound effects, super intuitive and natural controls, and great performance Chameleon Run is a winner that’s hard to put down."
Lara Croft Go captures the spirit of the classic adventure game beautifully with its turn-based puzzle adventure set in the ruins of an ancient civilization.
The game manages to re-imagine the classic franchise into a fresh, great looking and innovative new adventure game. A great deal of attention is paid to the details of the characters and the environment, by taking advantage of Metal to render the captivating environment.
It was redesigned for Multi-touch and supports Game Center and iCloud for syncing across devices.
It provides a visual twist to the classic pinball genre. As a ball is launched onto the table and hits the paint pockets, colors explode in splashes that spread and blend into each other, creating beautiful, one-of-a-kind pieces of art.
Heavy research went into creating the mixing and blending effects and was replicated using custom shaders and Metal APIs. Much of the artistry was done on the iPad Pro itself using the Apple Pencil.
"INKS shows that with enough thought and attention to detail, an existing genre can be reimagined to create something beautiful and unique."
Auxy is an audio creation app with a clean and minimalist UI and lets people create pieces of music in a snap. It has a performance oriented, non-intrusive on-boarding process and a satisfying touch feedback. Modern appearance and deep integration with the Core Audio makes Auxy a powerful custom sound engine.
The design avoids over-the-top visual elements and is instantly engaging.
"Auxy is written entirely in Swift and uses language features like custom types for musical fractions to make the code simpler to read, enables Spotlight search to make it simple to find and open projects, and has a clever implementation of 3D touch to allow easy access to projects."
Having won the design award way back in 2011, the Djay Pro app has not stopped to innovate and adapt to every new feature unveiled by yearly iterations of iOS and its devices.
The app features over 70 iPad Pro keyboard shortcuts, advanced multi-tasking integration and cloud sync. It includes a suite of sophisticated music-creation tools including four decks, high definition waveforms and mixing of up to four audio tracks along with two simultaneous 4K video streams.
"djay Pro was selected as an Apple Design Award winner because it sets new benchmarks for performance, features, use of Apple technology, multi-device support, and accessibility."
Linum is a puzzle game that is simple to play but hard to master. The goal is to connect nodes to their landing points with the fewest moves possible.
As the number of nodes increases, complex puzzles are revealed that challenge even the best minds.
"With a smart implementation of touch, an approachable progression system, terrific overall presentation, and great use of system technologies such as UIView animations, CoreData, StoreKit, ReplayKit, and GameCenter, Linum definitely deserves one of our student Apple Design Awards."
Dividr is an addictive 2D arcade game that is fun to play, with the goal to move glowing control square inwards and outwards to avoid obstacles and collect points.
It is written entirely in Swift, Apple's own programming language and uses 3D touch variance pressure to determine how hard a player is pressing the screen.
"Its simple, clean design makes this game a delight to play and worthy of winning a Student Apple Design Award."