iOS 16 exploit helps you to set the system font to Comedian Sans (and different issues)
iOS 16 exploit helps you to set the system font to Comedian Sans (and different issues)
Enlarge / An indie app can be utilized to vary your iPhone’s default font if you have not already put in the newest OS replace.

In the event you like your iPhone however hate the San Francisco typeface, developer Zhuowei Zhang has posted a neat instrument to Github—an app that may briefly “overwrite” the iOS system font with one other one, giving your telephone a brand new, non-Apple-sanctioned look.

The app would not require any type of jailbreak, however does want “iOS 16.1.2 or under” to work, because it depends on a kernel execution bug (CVE-2022-46689) patched in iOS 16.2. In the event you’ve already put in iOS 16.2—which we might advise you to do, for safety causes—you will not be capable to experiment with the hack. Any font modifications can be reverted by a tool reboot, and apps that do not use the default San Francisco typeface will not change.

The app contains a lot of pre-installed fonts, lots of which appear designed to annoy the eyes of Apple’s UI designers. Comedian Sans MS leads the cost in that regard, however Segoe UI (Home windows’ and Microsoft’s default font of selection) and Samsung’s “Choco Cooky” (a distant cousin of Comedian Sans) are additionally included. Customized fonts might be put in so long as they’re iOS-compatible.

Apple used to assist extra in depth customization of its person interfaces again within the basic Mac OS days, when the whole lot from the system font to the window borders could possibly be custom-made utilizing the Look Supervisor. These settings disappeared within the preliminary releases of Mac OS X, and altering the feel and appear of any of Apple’s working programs has solely gotten more durable lately as Apple has taken increasingly more steps to guard system information from modification and tampering (benign and in any other case).

Designing your interfaces round a single, predictable font makes it simpler to check issues and more durable for customers to interrupt stuff by utilizing a weird monospaced typeface that causes rendering errors. However these screenshots do type of make me want that OS designers would depart that as much as me like they did within the outdated days.

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