Apple's is offering 'New York' for free now
The naming of the New York font has an interesting story. The font can be downloaded from the website of the developers conference website with the link provided below.
What comes to your mind when you think Apple? Sleek, stylish, cool design? Jobs, I mean Steve Jobs, with his smooth turtleneck? Yeah. Me too. But for the old school Mac aficionados, it’s all about the New York state of mind! Well, let's not get carried away, this is actually about the iconic font that defined the Apple aesthetic back in the day. And now, as a homage to its roots, Apple is giving away the font for free!
When Apple first introduced the Macintosh, designers and users alike fell in love with the machine. Its graphical interface and beautifully designed icons were a class apart from the bland PC, with its insipid screen and the blinking DOS prompt.
Apple’s customer were largely designers in publishing house. The Mac got better at cattering to the needs of the publishing industry. A major highlight of the Mac was its focus on typography – it came preloaded with great fonts that ensured readability and aesthetics. This was the genesis of the 'New York' font. A simple serif typeface designed by Susan Kare in 1983, it came preloaded with the Mac computer. Now, after more than 30 years it brings that nostalgic feel back to your iOS machines.
But let’s get back to the beginning – how was the font named? Susan, the font developer for the first line of Macs, started naming the fonts on the Paoli Local commuter train, resulting in initial names like Overbrook, Merion, Ardmore, and Rosemont. This was wonderfully original at the time, and sparked interest within Apple. On a visit from Steve Jobs, he commented on the names saying, "Cities are OK, but not little cities that nobody's ever heard of. They ought to be world class cities!"
And that’s how the font names in Apple changed to New York, San Francisco, and so on.
Now why is this relevant today? The free 'New York' font can be downloaded from the Apple's developer’s conference website. If you are looking for something more, San Franciso Compact and SF Pro are also available on the website. However, there’s always a catch – Apple laid down a singular condition: the font can be used in mock-ups and Apple-related apps only.