Will it rain today? How many times have we asked that question? I’m actually surprised that as sophisticated as iOS 7 is that it doesn’t display more things on the home screen like current temperature right on the Weather app icon. Seems like a no brainer. While this app doesn’t display temperatures, it does display the current chance of rain as a percentage using the alert badge feature that we see on many apps such as Mail. The app requires zero configuration. Just launch it and grant it permission to know your current location. That’s it. Once you’re in the app you can see a forecast for the current week. Once you return the home screen there will be a badge with a number from 0-100 representing the percentage chance of rain for your current location today. It also works for snow so that you can use the app year round. You can also add alerts so that you can know what the chances of rain will be at a certain time of day. It’s simple and does what it does.
It would be nice to be able to specify a location that your traveling too, but it appears that rather than turn this into a full blown weather app (which there is no shortage of on the App Store) that they decided to keep the focus narrow for Raincast. It would also be nice to see it as a Universal app for iPad too.
I couldn’t help but notice the cool photos my buddy Rufus was posting to Instagram. They were photos of the locations he was traveling to, but they had the local weather information super imposed on them. I finally sent him a text asking him which App he was using and it turned out to be InstaWeather Pro. Like most Apps for Instagram and social networking, this App allows you to take a picture right in the app or choose one of your existing ones. Once you choose the photo you can choose between several themes depending on where you want the info displayed. You can also use the built-in support for Foursquare or Facebook to choose your current location from the list and it will super impose the name also in your shot. I find myself posting to Instagram more and more since it can simultaneously post to Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, Tumblr, Flickr and even email. The App also does a great job in letting you customize the settings. If Instagram is not your thing, you can still use the App to post to Facebook, Twitter, SMS, Foursquare, Email or simply save to the Camera Roll. InstaWeather Pro is great for posting travel shots and letting your followers not only get a feel for what you’re seeing, but also how cold or hot it is there. Chances are you’ll make them even more envious!
photo by Rufus Deuchler
There certainly is no shortage of weather apps for iOS. The iPhone has had one built-in since day one and it keeps getting better. So why would you download another weather App for your iPhone? The weather is the weather, so the difference between the apps is how well they present the information. Haze has a very simple and elegant animated interface. Tap it and you have the current temperature where ever you are. Swipe down and get the forecast, swipe through to see the sunshine hours, and chance of rain or you can enable the “Tilt” feature to quickly get to these readouts. The temperature can be set to °F or °C. Again this isn’t rocket science or anything that can’t be or isn’t displayed in countless other weather Apps, but it’s the simplicity of the App that draws me to it each day. It’s uncluttered and not trying to show me too many things at once. I recommend you try it.