April 30, 2008

Rounded Corners

I know I’m not the only person who misses the rounded screen corners in the latest version of Mac OS X. I think some clever developer had published a little app to restore them, even before 10.5 had shipped. (Here it is, Displaperture.) What I’d really like though is for the Mac OS to sport the same tiny rounded corners that the iPhone uses.

Have you noticed that the iPhone screen has rounded corners? The radius is really small, no more than 5 pixels I think. (Except when the keyboard is up. Then the bottom corners have a larger radius. Probably in order to wrap nicely around the bottom row of soft keys.)

No doubt there’s an ancient and epic struggle between UI nerds about whether to use rounded display corners. The iPhone approach is a nice compromise between being attractive and maximizing display real estate, so I hope they do something similar for the Mac.

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