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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

For more information, visit digitalworlds-ent.com.

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  1. 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.

    David Green