Apple Has Finally Fixed the Number 1 in iOS 7's Calendar

By Jesus Diaz on at

Rejoice, humans of the Earth, for the ugly off-centre 1 in Apple iOS 7's Calendar app icon has at last been FIXED! It took almost two entire years of design rants after every update, but someone in Cupertino has at last listened and corrected what was a horrible design decision made by someone else who is no longer in Cupertino. iOS 7 beta 4 has a perfectly centred 1. It's the little things, you know?

Before, Apple centred the first day of the calendar using its bounding box. This was especially horrible and annoying in any version of iOS previous to 7.0:

VICTORY! Apple Has Fixed the Number 1 in iOS 7's Calendar

In iOS 7 things got sightly better, but by no means perfect:

VICTORY! Apple Has Fixed the Number 1 in iOS 7's Calendar

The problem on the left was not as obvious as before because it was a lighter font. But instead of using the numeral's bounding box, it should have used optical positioning, taking into consideration the visual distribution of the figure so it didn't appear horribly off centre.

Now, this has been corrected, sating my anally attentive design cravings. Notice that the stem is not centred in the corrected version, which is the one I kept pushing for. It's just moved slightly to the left to optically compensate for the ear on top of the one.

It's good to see that, with Jony Ive at the helm, Apple's former insanely obsessive attention to detail is coming back to Apple. Even better: it's listening.