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iOS 5 Brings Improvements to Weather App

One staple of iOS since its inception has been the Weather app, a simple home screen powered by Yahoo and The Weather Channel that allows users to add locations and see the current conditions as well as a six-day forecast of high/low temperatures and an icon showing the conditions for each day.


With iOS 5, Apple has made several minor improvements to the weather functionality, starting of course with the integration of a weather widget into the Notification Center, offering users a glance at weather conditions with a single swipe.


But Apple has also made improvements to the Weather app, including a "current location" page that uses geolocation to automatically display the weather and forecast for wherever the user is rather than having to manually input a location.

Apple has also increased the level of forecast detail, as tapping on a daily forecast expands the item to display an hour-by-hour forecast of temperatures and conditions, with the user able to easily scroll through the entire list for the day.

Unfortunately, Apple has yet to deploy a dynamic home screen icon for the Weather app that would show the current conditions for the user's location instead of the fixed display of 73 degrees and sunny. But with the weather easily accessible from anywhere via a single swipe in Notification Center, users may find their need for a dynamic home screen icon to be lessened considerably.

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Posted: 37 months ago
It would be great if it would let me pick the weather.
Rating: 9 Positives
Posted: 37 months ago

Unfortunately, Apple has yet to deploy a dynamic home screen icon for the Weather app that would show the current conditions for the user's location

Presumably looking into the sky/out of a window is too retro a method for discerning the current weather?
Rating: 7 Positives
Posted: 37 months ago

Presumably looking into the sky/out of a window is too retro a method for discerning the current weather?


You can tell the temperature by looking out the window?
Rating: 4 Positives
Posted: 37 months ago
Dynamic icons would still be nice. That's actually one of the only things I like about Windows Phone 7 Professional Edition 2011 (or whatever it's called). It has dynamic updating content on the home screen.

I probably missed it somewhere, but has Apple said if developers can make widgets to go into this new notifications pulldown? Can we disable the stock ticker?
Rating: 3 Positives
Posted: 37 months ago
This was one of my favorite smaller updates, I'll still probably end up using The Weather Channel App though.
Rating: 2 Positives
Posted: 37 months ago
add it to the iPad's too!
Rating: 2 Positives
Posted: 37 months ago

No Weather or Stocks in notification screen on my iPad with v5 installed.


Disappointing. Wouldn't it make more sense though for people to check stocks on their iPads and check weather outlooks.
Rating: 2 Positives
Posted: 37 months ago
I've always used other weather apps instead of the one Apple includes - I'm looking forward to the hourly forecast so I can plan my beach trips/motorcycle rides around inclement weather.
Rating: 2 Positives
Posted: 37 months ago
Can you remove stocks & weather completely yet? That'd be the best enhancement for me.
Rating: 2 Positives
Posted: 37 months ago
The best enhancement they could make would be to ditch Yahoo Weather and use something else, because the current version is regularly 3-4 degrees C (5.5-7 degrees F) out in certain international locations. ie: mine.

Presenting the weather with more features and more options is pointless if you're presenting the wrong weather.
Rating: 2 Positives

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