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!