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Same engineer as old maps app? The Thai font on the Thai keyboard is standard, unadulterated font. iMessage, folder names, Notes and every other app or instance of writing in Thai, however, uses a bold/italicized/nouveau font that is generally only used in advertising. Shame on you Apple, probably disenfranchised a country, but how can I get the standard font in above apps mentioned the same as it shows on the keyboard?


Standard (keyboard only): อรุณสวัสดิ์ (good morning) , ข้าวเหนียว (sticky rice) <<-- font not supported in iOS7, try to get same characters after "upgrading"

iPhone 5, iOS 7

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Sep 20, 2013 12:03 PM in response to robfromelk grove village In response to robfromelk grove village

User uploaded fileI have the same problem. I learned Thai about 4 years ago and can read well. But, I never learned the "modern' font (as I heard it called before). I see it everywhere all over Thailand and can make out the letters if I look at it for a few minutes. It's usually only on advertisments or at food park menu's so I never really needed to learn it. Now I am totally screwed, I can no longer read any text messages or emails on my iPhone from my Thai friends. I can decipher them but cannot read like normal. I have to spend about a minute on each word until I figure out what the letter is. Imagine a little kid trying to read cursive handwriting prior to learning it. In the modern font the letter 'ร' looks like 's', for example. Thats how different some of the characters are. This is not good. Notice the text box in the pic as I type. The keyboard shows the normal font but the iPhones displays the unreadable modern stuff. If you can read what I typed there then you know I'm not happy with it, lol.

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Sep 20, 2013 12:03 PM

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Sep 22, 2013 7:25 AM in response to robfromelk grove village In response to robfromelk grove village

That's really difficult to read "modern" Thai font. The system font for iOS 7 is "Sukhumvit", as opposed to "Thonburi" which was used on Versions 1-6. In my opinion this is a great mistake of apple engineering. Apple should keep the simplicity in the acts, fonts are for reading not for make marketing campaign.


I would like to known what thai people think about that.

As I am thai student for 6 years, I am not able to read the ******* sukhumvit font.


Wish a solution for this issue!!!

Sep 22, 2013 7:25 AM

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Sep 28, 2013 12:57 AM in response to robfromelk grove village In response to robfromelk grove village

I agree, reading Thai "modern" font is a problem for people who have learned Thai as a new language as well as for Thais in general.

Fonts taught in school are "basic" and sometimes "script" (at higher schooling levels).


I have this problem on all my devices (iPhones, iPads, Mac Book) since it is an OS issue, unfortunately iOS is not one of the feedback options on the feedback page.

Sep 28, 2013 12:57 AM

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Sep 28, 2013 6:13 AM in response to Sky11 In response to Sky11

Sky11 wrote:


unfortunately iOS is not one of the feedback options on the feedback page.


That doesn't matter, you should submit feedback for all your devices. But OS X 10.8 does not have this problem, so I don't understand what you mean when you say you have it on your "Mac Book".

Sep 28, 2013 6:13 AM

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Sep 29, 2013 12:28 AM in response to Tom Gewecke In response to Tom Gewecke

Apologies for having caused you to waste your time Tom.

You are right.

My MacBook Pro is the only Apple device of mine that does not have this problem, since I can't sent Text/SMS messages from it.


Thank you for highlighting my mishap.


Standing by for a solution to the problem i.e. Text/SMS font.


Good day to you.

Sep 29, 2013 12:28 AM

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Oct 10, 2013 8:46 AM in response to robfromelk grove village In response to robfromelk grove village

I have the same problem. I am trying to learn thai. After two weeks' hard working, I finally can remember all of the thai alphabet. But suddenly the font changes and I don't know any of them. They should put a warning saying thai font changes dramatically, reconsider before you update your iOS/app. Now I am trying to get my iOS/apps back to previous version. Errrrr

Oct 10, 2013 8:46 AM

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Jan 13, 2014 8:55 PM in response to robfromelk grove village In response to robfromelk grove village

It's fairly typical of Apple to deliberately prevent customers from choosing how they want to use or view their devices. I personally prefer the modern Thai font, but I also sometimes want to view menus in the "classic" traditional font. And plenty of other people prefer to do so also.


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Jan 13, 2014 8:55 PM

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Jan 14, 2014 5:22 AM in response to orish1 In response to orish1

Apple won't let me provide information to solve this problem (saying it's "off topic"). I think it's perfectly relevant because it gets round the technical limitation of not being able to change the font to something that everybody can recognize.


The way round it is (for the human) to learn to recognize the new font. And this is what I'm suggesting you do in the meantime.


I have a handout that I can send you that shows the relationship between the modern font and the standard "classic" font. Contact me via my profile and I'll send you a copy. Only a few letters look very different from their classic version; and these are the ones that you need to focus on.


Some basics that might help in the meantime.


  • Modern fonts mimic "lazy" handwriting.
  • Thai letters are written starting from the initial loop.
  • So when you write fast, the initial loops tend to get left out – or they become strokes or blobs rather than actual loops – kind of what happens in our script in cursive handwriting.
  • This affects some letters when written lazily, particularly:
    • The starts from the bottom, so if you write it fast and don’t bother with the loop, it almost looks like our “S”. It helps to think of a snake, rearing its head as it’s about to strike.
    • The also starts from the bottom, and when written fast and lazily looks a bit like our “C” written backwards. Think of a cartoon face with a wiggly ear on the right.
  • The backwards "G" is actually the written quickly or stylistically. Very often, you will see it simply as an "O".
  • Finally, the "U" is simply the U-boat and the upside down "U" is the chicken without its beak .)


Basically, the modern stylized fonts are the minimalist versions of the classic letters: everything that is unnecessary is eliminated and all that's left are the bits that identify the letter uniquely.

Jan 14, 2014 5:22 AM

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