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iOS 7 swaps skinny font for thicker one in typographic U-turn

Apple has reportedly swapped the font used in the new version of iOS, much to the delight of developers.

Out with the old, in with the Neue! The Helvetica Neue that is, because in an uncharacteristic change of heart, Apple has swapped the font used in iOS 7, the upcoming revamp of its mobile operating system.

While the beta version of iOS 7 made its debut using a font called Helvetica Neue Light, an update to that early offering has now switched that font to bog-standard Helvetica Neue, Business Insider reports.

The new font -- as you can see in the site's example paragraphs below -- has much thicker lines, and should show up better against the bright colours and glassy transparencies that iOS 7 employs heavily. A bold change you might say, eh? Eh? Oh.

While the change is a minor one, choosing a font is an important decision, especially for a smart phone or tablet you're going to be staring at for hours on end. Apple also isn't known to tinker too extensively with its software, or change its mind on design, so the switch could indicate the company is prepared to make other alterations too.

The new software is the biggest change to Apple's software since the iPhone arrived way back in 2007. The new design has proved divisive, with some preferring the cleaner, static look of iOS 6, and others adoring the colourful, swooping new interface.

The update brings long-awaited features such as the power to switch off Wi-Fi from a panel on your homescreen, and introduces new powers for Siri, as well as a cool accessibility feature that lets you control your phone with head gestures.

Which font do you prefer, and what do you think of iOS 7? Let me know in the comments, or on our impeccably designed Facebook wall.