Just recently my absolute favorite App for weather on the iPhone got a complete overhaul. The Weather Channel is the official App from WeatherChannel.com. I’ve been using it for two years or so now, and with this update It’s just that much better! In version 5.0 the UI is completely revamped. Adding swipe between locations, a find me now button, and much more!
Like I said, the UI has been completely overhauled including the start-up screen, background images, saved location interaction, location searching, Social media interaction, and more. The first thing that I noticed when I launched the App for the first time after the update was the bright background screen. The splash screen is now a beautiful photo of a sunny day with some thin clouds. Once your location loads, the background will switch to represent the current weather being displayed. Along with the new backgrounds the update brings a new swiping interface to quickly switch between your favorite locations. When in “weather” mode a simple swipe left or right will take you between your saved locations seamlessly and quickly. While we’re talking about locations, you’ll find a new feature in the location search section; a “find my current location” button. The Weather Channel App will use your current location to find the most accurate, up to date weather for that area. Are you into tweeting about your weather? Yeah me either, but in case you are, there is a section for that built right in! Of course you still have your maps and video section, but not much has changed in either of those. Luckily, they were pretty good to begin with. Probably the biggest improvement that I’ve noticed is the speed of the App. Without a doubt, the great developers over at TWC have improved things under the hood of this App because it feels a LOT faster. Faster to load, faster to switch between sections, and faster to load maps.
The Bottom Line
This App update has been a huge improvement. Not only on the UI side, but in the speed department. My only complaint would be that they only updated the iPhone App and not the iPad version. I can’t recommend this App enough, and at the great price of FREE, you can’t go wrong!
Get The Weather Channel App for the iPhone from the iTunes store for free here:
If you're like me the first time that you fired up the weather App on your iPhone or iPad you were left wanting a little more. Sure, the built in App shows you the temperature outside and the 7 day forecast but it shows little else. I wanted to see more. I wanted the ability to see the hour by hour, radar maps and more. Unfortunately the App that comes standard doesn't do any of that. I went searching and found the iOS companion for my favorite weather website, www.weatherchannel.com. This App keeps up the standard of the website and more!
The Usual Suspects
Just like the Weather App that's built in to iOS, The Weather Channel shows you the current temperature outside as well as the next 10 days. These are the things that you would expect from a weather App and TWC doesn't disappoint.
Features that TWC offers beyond the built in App are numerous. My favorite feature is the bar at the bottom of the screen allowing you to switch between "Now, Hourly, 36 Hour, and 10 day". These are all different views of the weather showing their respective information. Another of the features that I find really useful is the "Map" section. Under this tab is the radar maps like you find on the desktop version of The Weather Channel. I use the Maps quite a bit and it was one of the features that I looked for when I searched for a weather App.
A Few More
Also housed within TWC are settings for social media allowing you to see tweets about local weather. There are videos to watch including content from your local area, the world, all of the U.S. and "must see" video clips.
The Bottom Line
If you're looking for a free, full featured App that provides just about any option that you could want from a weather App in an easy to use package, TWC is for you.
You can get The Weather Channel for the iPhone from the iTunes store for free here:
You can get The Weather Channel for the iPad from tehe iTunes store for free here:
As good as iOS devices are there is one thing that users have been asking for for a while now and that is to have more information available without having to launch an App or unlock the device. This is one thing that Apple could learn/steal from other smart phones. When you wake up an iOS device you get the current time, battery level, date, and wireless status and that's it. Although the device can provide you with more information you have to actually go in and launch an app to see it. Or you have to rely on push notifications and even then you're only going to see the last one displayed first.
Fahrenheit has a nice trick up its sleeve
I don't really use the built-in iPhone weather app. It's buried in one my folders somewhere. I use other weather Apps that give me more info. Up until now I've been happy with the one I was I using, but I think I may have found a new contender. Fahrenheit has a beautiful look and feel as well as one thing that I haven't seen anyone else do yet. They use Push Notification and the icon Badge feature to display the current temperature. Slick! It's a little thing, but it's one of those things that will earn it a place on my home screen. When you launch the App for the 1st time you'll get the usual requests for permission to use your location and to send you push notifications. Once you agree to both of those popups your current local weather will be displayed. When you close the App the icon will continue to display the current temperature and update itself. While that would have been enough to get my 99¢ I found the app to have just about every other weather feature I would want or use on a regular basis. You get forecasts, weather maps, the ability to add multiple locations/cities, etc. It's also one of the best looking Apps too. You can brag about your current weather to your Twitter followers and/or Facebook friends right from within the App. A very nice job and it solves the "I wonder what the temperature is?" at a glance.
While the App does what it says, I'd like to see an option to automatically update the icon based on your current location. The way it works now you have to manually set the location that you want the icon to use. Also when adding new locations I don't see a way to use your current location to simply add another city. You can easily type the city, but it would be nice to just tap a "Location" icon to use location services.
You can get Fahrenheit for $0.99 here from the
You can get the Celsius Version here
My favorite iPhone/iPod touch turn-by-turn GPS navigation App just got better. The 1.6 update brings iOS 4 compatibility, which of course the big news here is that it continues to work in the background if you receive a call. That's right! You'll continue to receive voice directions if another App is running in the foreground. Also once you end your call the App will take about 1 second to update the screen with your current position. That's not all. Navigon also updated the maps to the latest versions and they've added weather info for both your destination and while you're in route as well as available parking at your destination.
I took it for a test spin
Over the weekend I took the New updated Navigon App for a test drive and without even having to plan ahead, I received a call while navigating. I took the call over the hands-free bluetooth in my car and the voice prompts continued. Once I hung up from the call I was immediately returned to the app. If you want to still see the display while you're driving you can just use fast app switching in iOS 4 to go right back to Navigon and continue talking.
My setup above is:
FAQ: Yes, all of the Maps are built-in to the App. No, you don't need a data connection while you're using it (except for the weather, parking and Google POI search). No it does't require your data plan (except for the 3 things I just mentioned). No it doesn't require a Car Kit unless you're using an iPod touch, which doesn't have a GPS (the car kit does). No, there are no monthly fees. You buy the App and you're done.
Navigon also put there Apps on Sale! Get the Navigon Mobile Navigator North America App here from the
If you don't need the whole country (or you live/travel in a different country, check out their cheaper My Region Series and their other Apps here
The competition between all of these apps has been great and as result we (the consumers) just keep winning.