Weather (Apple)

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Weather
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The Weather app on iOS 11 showing current weather information and forecast for Sydney
Developer(s)Apple Inc.
Operating system
TypeWeather forecasting

Weather is a weather forecasting mobile app developed by Apple Inc, available on iOS since the release of the iPhone and iPhone OS 1 in 2007.[1][2] It allows users to see the conditions, forecast, temperature, and other related metrics of the device's current location, as well as a number of other cities. A version of Weather is also available for watchOS and Apple Watch devices, however, is limited in functionality;[3] Weather exists only as a widget for iPadOS devices with similarly limited functionality.

Earlier versions of Weather up through the release of iOS 7 sourced the app's forecast data from Yahoo! Weather; in March 2019, Yahoo! shut down the servers distributing data for the Weather app on devices supporting iOS 7 and earlier operating systems. Since iOS 8, The Weather Channel has been used as the app's weather data source.[4]

Following the acquisition of weather app Dark Sky, many features have been rolled into Apple's own Weather app with the release of iOS 15.[5]

Functionality[edit]

Locations can be added or removed by pressing the list icon in the bottom right corner of the application, which allows the user to type in the city's name, ZIP Code or postal code or airport code.[1] For each city, the app will display the current, highest, and lowest temperatures, a 10-day forecast, UV index, time of sunrise and sunset, current wind direction and speed, rainfall measurements, current humidity, outdoor visibility range, and barometric pressure.[6] In some locations, the app will also display an air quality report and show next-hour precipitation when raining or snowing.[7]

iOS 14 introduced support for severe weather warnings, allowing a user to receive notifications for government-issued severe weather events such as tornadoes, flash flooding, strong winds, and snow storms. With iOS 15, a weather map can be accessed from the bottom left of the application which can display the temperature, air quality, and a multi-day precipitation forecast.

Inability to display 69°[edit]

In July 2021, some testers of the iOS 15 beta software noticed that the Weather app avoided displaying an accurate temperature when it was 69°F. Former Apple developer Joo Pavo speculated that the app uses whole numbers in Celsius for the temperature data, later converting it to Fahrenheit for the user interface and thus making it impossible for any number that was not the result of the conversion to be displayed.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Ritchie, Rene (December 4, 2016). "Weather app: The ultimate guide". iMore. Retrieved May 26, 2018.
  2. ^ Royal, Simon (January 13, 2017). "iPhone OS 1: The Beginning of an Era". Low End Mac. Retrieved May 26, 2018.
  3. ^ "Your Apple Watch is a tiny weather station — Here's how to use it". iMore. 2019-07-12. Retrieved 2021-06-21.
  4. ^ Hughes, Neil (June 20, 2014). "Weather Channel providing Apple more detailed data for iOS 8 Weather app than Yahoo did". Apple Insider. Retrieved May 26, 2018.
  5. ^ Bursztynsky, Jessica (2020-03-31). "Apple buys popular weather app Dark Sky and plans to shut down Android versions". CNBC. Retrieved 2021-06-21.
  6. ^ "Apple (finally) updates its weather app with dynamic backgrounds, maps and way more data". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2021-06-21.
  7. ^ Miller, Chance (2020-09-19). "iOS 14 Weather app includes real-time precipitation data, more". 9to5Mac. Retrieved 2021-06-21.
  8. ^ Hilliard, Wesley. "This may be why Apple's Weather app doesn't show 69-degree temperatures". Apple Insider. Retrieved 14 July 2021.