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robfromelk grove village Level 1 Level 1

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
  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9

    Let Apple know what you want via


  • BangkokMark Level 1 Level 1

    IMG_0304.pngI 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.

  • birdawn Level 1 Level 1

    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!!!

  • Palasit Level 1 Level 1

    Even though I'm Thai, I'm having a hard time reading this Sukhumvit font especially long messages. Hopefully, Apple will realize this issue and come with a better and easy-to-read Thai font.

  • DamienCarew Level 1 Level 1

    I am struggling with this too. Is there no way to change the Font?

  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9

    DamienCarew wrote:


    Is there no way to change the Font?


    No.  You should use the feedback channel to let Apple know how unhappy you are.

  • DamienCarew Level 1 Level 1

    Thanks Tom, feedback sent. It seems so silly not to keep it the same as the keyboard characters.

  • Sky11 Level 1 Level 1

    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.

  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9

    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".

  • Sky11 Level 1 Level 1

    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.

  • DamienCarew Level 1 Level 1

    Sky make sure you send feedback as Tom suggests. The more the better.

  • dollydong Level 1 Level 1

    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

  • jibbies Level 1 Level 1

    Sorry I have to disagree as I'm totally in love with the new "sukhumwit" font. It gives me relaxation and makes me happy to read. The 'Thonburi' font looks really boring and outdated.


    I wish they replace all to Sukhumwit, it looks really good on the iOS 7.

  • orish1 Level 1 Level 1

    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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