Classic Note brings the Mac System 6 aesthetic to iOS

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I loved the look of System 6, which was released in 1988 and succeeded by System 7 in 1991. System 6 came installed on my very first Mac (a Platinum Mac Plus that I bought used in 1992), and I found it speedy, slick, and visually attractive (to my sense of aesthetics anyway). I don’t think any subsequent OS X version has appealed to me aesthetically as strongly as System 6 did, although I’ve of course appreciated the functionality advances in later versions of the Classic Mac OS and OS X.


Over the past decade or so, I’ve mused from time to time about how I’d be delighted if Apple would develop a Mac System 6-style user interface “skin” for OS X. I usually get the impression, if I get any reaction at all, that I’m not being taken seriously about this fancy, but I am serious. After all, the OS X Aqua and Platinum themes are shells that operate atop OS X’s UNIX underpinnings, and there would be no insurmountable technical obstacle to creating a stripped-down, low hardware overhead, and attractively minimalist GUI that looked like System 6, with Susan Kare’s wonderful, classic icon designs. I’m not holding my breath.


However, now you can take notes on your iOS device like it’s 1985. David Green’s Classic Note brings back the System 6 and earlier Macintosh OS user interface aesthetic to the iOS, putting the days of one-button mice and 3.5″ floppy disks in your pocket, without breaking your back.


Classic Note supports iPhone and iPod Touch running iOS 6.0 or newer, and is optimized for iPhone 5. (Memo to Mr. Green: An iPad optimized version would be, if anything, even cooler and more evocative of the original classic Mac OS experience.)

Classic Note sells for $3.99 and is available now in the App Store. For more information, visit

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  • David Green

    Thanks for the article. You’ll be happy to know that I do have an iPad version in development, although it stands a slightly greater chance of running afoul of some App Store guidelines. Hopefully there’s enough nostalgia among the reviewers to let it through.