While we wait for the unveiling of the Jony Ive-designed iOS 7, let's take a trip back in time and peek at how Apple software looked in its formative years. Classic Note is an app out for iOS that beautifully recreates that classic Mac OS interface for a pleasant trip down nostalgia lane.
Start up the app and you're greeted with an exceedingly simple screen (above and to the left). If you've got memos saved, they appear here in a list. We'll tap the New button to make a new memo.
The font used in Classic Note is a very close approximation of Chicago, the original Mac system font.
I don't know if the old Mac system supported Japanese characters, but the font used here for Japanese is a bit too smooth and kinda clashes with the Chicago-clone font.
When you've got a couple of notes written, they get displayed as shown above.
Classic Note also features a couple little add-ons that you can access through the Tools menu up top.
The Calculator is your basic run-of-the-mill calculator, but the mysterious "Catch the DogCow" is an amusing little freebie that fits in nicely with the old-school Mac aesthetic.
So while this app is something of a one trick (or 1.51 trick) pony, it gets the job done and does so in sleek retro style. It works perfectly well for making to-do lists or jotting down quick memos. While there are plenty of memo apps out there, Classic Note is the place to go for some black-and-white Mac OS goodness!
Device used: iPhone 5
Publisher: David Green
Last updated: 5/9/2013
Price: 170 yen
Compatibility: iOS 6 or higher
Translation by Jason Morgan