Let’s face it, in the App Store there’s not shortage of weather related apps, all of which are better then the included App from Apple. It’s almost as if they leave that app being so bad to encourage iOS developers to do better.
If you live in Australia (which I do), you may know Pocket Weather. It has been around for a long time now. One of the key benefits is that it has always pulled data from the Australian Bureau of Meteorology rather than other sources like weather.com or Yahoo!. Meaning for Australians at least that the information is more complete and certainly more up to date.
The old interface did give you the option to change the skin but it still looked like….. most other weather apps.
Out with the old and in with the new!
It’s not new, it’s a problem that I think a lot of iOS app developer are learning to deal with. The publish their app, do a number of updates, all of which are free for users that have purchased the app. There has to come a time when you need to release something new. Not only from the view point of…. doing something new, but also to keep the bank account ticking over.
It’s always hard to take from a consumer’s view point though. We’ve been trained to buy the app, update the app and keep updating the app at no more cost.
So, when Pocket Weather, usually one of the first apps I use of a morning (do I need 30+ sunscreen or 50+ sunscreen), releases a brand new version that’s going to cost me again – naturaly I think long and hard about having to spend that $1.99 (again).
Actually short distraction here but I still find it intriguing how long I (we – go on you do it too!) spend agonising about spending $1.99 on an iPhone app. In reality most apps that I buy turn out to be brilliant (yes I research a lot before splurging) and in reality $1.99 for an app that you’re going to use each and every day is really not much. Liken it to what you spend on something like Microsoft Office or Photoshop and I think you’ll agree a lot of iOS apps are pretty good value for money.
Anyway, in with the new.
The new updated Pocket Weather is certainly a reasonable update. The data is still pulled from the same source but the interface, oh! the interface it is everything that you’d expect from a contemporary iOS app.
It manages to break down data in beautiful and meaning full graphics.
I love the way it forecasts when and for how long it’s expected to rain throughout a day.
Since iOS 6 was delivered a lot of apps have offered to add things to your notification centre, mostly like me you decline. However I couldn’t resist the new option in Pocket Weather to ping me every morning at 7.30AM with a weather update. Very handy indeed!
You can of course you can configure both the information you’re going to get an what time you need it.
If you live in Australia and you like knowing
- how hot it’s going to be today
- when the tides are high and low
- should I go to soccer training – I’ll check the weather radar
- when it’s going to rain
… spend the $1.99 the data is great, the interface is superb!
Check out Shifty Jelly’s (the apps author) website, including a nice video showing off the app.