Originally Posted by Ingsoc
I think that's a good point, but there are two caveats probably:
1. How much space will a thinner font really give you, considering the larger screen resolutions on newer machines?
2. Thinner fonts are OK, but I think they have a tendency to look bad and they can - sometimes - be more difficult to read. Apple should be wanting to strike a balance here, so that they can provide a very legible font (again, I suppose it comes down to form and function being equally matched, rather than giving priority only to function).
Re screen sizes, well, most people buy laptops still. And extra res is now being used for sharpness not space.
Re thinner fonts potentially becoming ugly or illegible, yes, there does need to be a balance, but I think other OSes have shown that you can go a lot smaller and still be successful. One area where this font size issue manifests is the Finder. People have been saying for years "Fix the Finder." It has been said so much it even has it's own abbreviation: FTF. And Apple have changed it a lot but people still aren't happy.
I think the problem all along has simply been that Mac fonts in general are too big. Windows file Explorer is no work of art, but the fact that Windows uses smaller fonts means you can see so much more of your file listings at once, and therefore do much less scrolling, that it just feels like you're not fighting it all the time. (Yes I know you can reduce text size in the Finder, but I believe most people don't, and they don't know the text size is the cause of their frustration)
This new font they're bringing in *can* be slightly thinner (depending on the text being rendered) but not enough to effect the above.