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Apple in 2020 acquired popular weather app Dark Sky, and in iOS 15 some of those Dark Sky features have been incorporated into the official app. Apple's Weather app has received a major design overhaul in iOS 15, making it a much better weather resource.

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Design Overhaul

The Weather app in iOS 15 has an updated design that makes it easier than ever to see the information that you want to know at a glance. The Weather app adopts the card-style interface that's also been used for the Settings app, separating different information into sections.

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There continues to be a main view with the weather conditions on an hourly basis that you can shift through, and a new 10-day forecast view lets you know what weather you can expect in the future. The updated 10-day forecast shows expected conditions and has a bar that makes it easier to see the temperature over time at a glance.

Scrolling down through the Weather app will bring you to new weather modules, where new graphical weather data has been added. There are modules for air quality, temperature, UV index, sunset and sunrise, wind, precipitation, humidity, visibility, and pressure.

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For each of these modules, Apple provides graphics, context, and more information than was previously made available. Apple shows the specific direction of the wind, for example, and provides details like when precipitation is next expected, what the UV level will be like throughout the day, temperature adjusted for humidity, dew point, and more.

Weather Maps

Apple in iOS 15 added full-screen weather maps that provide overview data on expected precipitation, air quality, and temperature. You can get to the maps by tapping on the default temperature map and then tapping on the stack to change the view to precipitation or air quality.

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There's also an option to access the weather maps from anywhere by tapping on the small folded map icon in the bottom left corner of the app.

The precipitation maps are animated and show the path of incoming storms and the intensity of rain and snow, while the air quality and temperature maps let you see the conditions in your area and the surrounding areas. You can zoom in or out as far as necessary.

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Air Quality information is limited to Canada, China mainland, Germany, France, India, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, South Korea, Spain, UK, and the United States.


Next-Hour Precipitation

When it's going to rain, snow, or hail in the next hour, you can sign up for next-hour precipitation notifications to get a heads up.

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Next-hour precipitation notifications are available in the United States, the UK, and Ireland.


Animated Backgrounds

To go along with the updated design in the Weather app, Apple offers thousands of new animated backgrounds that provide more information on sun position, rain, clouds, storms, and other weather phenomena. Backgrounds change throughout the day and the night and shift based on weather patterns.

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Animated backgrounds are available on all devices with an A12 Bionic chip or later. Earlier iPhones will not have access to the more detailed animations.

Guide Feedback

Have questions about the new Weather app features in iOS 15, know of a feature we left out, or want to offer feedback on this guide? Send us an email here.

Article Link: Everything New in the iOS 15 Weather App
 
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CLS9

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My local swimming pool uses Weatherbug because it indicates the nearest lightning strikes. If it's within 10 miles, they close the pool. This is nice to know before I drive all the way over there. Apple Weather appears to have everything but lightning distance, so it's with Weatherbug I must remain.
 
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ghanwani

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AQI here is 133. Wouldn't have known that without the weather app. I'd have known it's something bad, though, because it's like smoke all over the place. The sun never gets bright--it's like a dull little red ball.
 
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polyphenol

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It might seem to be the most useless feature for a weather forecast, but I’d really like to see the actual weather right now!

Three reasons:

First, obviously I can look out of the window and see precipitation, cloud, etc. But I might want to know about the weather five, ten or twenty miles away. Or if it is cold enough for frost to be likely without opening the door.

Second, the simple frustration of seeing a forecast showing full sun and no wind when you have already turned the lights on as the cloud is so thick, trees are bent double in the gale and it’s snowing.

Third, as a comparison to the forecast. A sort of rating – how close was the forecast to what actually happened. Compare with forecasts any number of hours or days ahead.
 
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AQI here is 133. Wouldn't have known that without the weather app. I'd have known it's something bad, though, because it's like smoke all over the place. The sun never gets bright--it's like a dull little red ball.
Maybe you should consider moving. That sounds awful.
 
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polyphenol

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I do that by putting in multiple locations. It's easy.
On every forecast app I know, it tells you what it thought the weather would be. Just putting in multiple locations is so trivial I wouldn't have posted at all.

I want the actual weather - from the nearest possible location. (Or the nearest to OK - allow a minute or two for the data to get frome the detection point to me, but other than than, literal current observations.

What I seem to get from apps I have used is at, say, 08:59 it shows the weather forecast for 09:00 to 09:59. And that never updates during the next hour.
 
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polyphenol

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And I'd love it to have tide states! Easy enough to find on other apps, but I so often want to check both weather and how much of the beach will be covered.
 
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jk1221

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I would give it a meh. It is using Weather Channel data, but the weather channel app gives accurate rain alerts. Get far far fewer with the Apple app; very rarely.

It is also nowhere near full featured. The radar is basic basic, does not even have tropical weather tracking which is kind of important.
 
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