In his famous 2005 Stanford Commencement Speech, Steve Jobs
explained how his interest in typography played a fundamental role in creating
the first Macintosh computer, and how the beautiful typography set
the Mac apart from other personal computers out there. He was obviously passionate
about these things, going as far as pixel-perfectionism about fonts and icons.
That’s why I was a bit shocked when I started noticing bad kerning
(aka keming) in the iOS 5 status bar. Could it be that these are the first
artifacts of the post-Steve Jobs World? (Update:
Spoiler alert: As XKCD points out, recognizing bad kerning is
something you may not want to learn about. If you like your iOS status bar, consider
not reading on.
Have a look at the battery level indicator of the iOS screenshot below:
Now compare that 44 with the one from the clock. Doesn’t look right, does it?
How about something a bit more obvious: charge your iDevice to 100%, and you
see the following:
That 1 in the battery level almost looks like it’s coming from a different font?!
Still not convinced? How about anything in the 10-19% range?
You have to admit that this is much worse than pixel-imperfectionisms. Even if this was
post-Steve, or Steve always had his battery level indicator turned off, you would
have come to expect someone at Apple must be annoyed by this, surely?
I know I’m nitpicking, but the problem is that, if you noticed it once, you will
notice it every time you look at your status bar. The only solution: disable
the battery level indicator.