iOS 5 Brings Improvements to Weather App

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    One staple of iOS since its inception has been the Weather app, a simple home screen powered by Yahoo and The Weather Channel that allows users to add locations and see the current conditions as well as a six-day forecast of high/low temperatures and an icon showing the conditions for each day.


    With iOS 5, Apple has made several minor improvements to the weather functionality, starting of course with the integration of a weather widget into the Notification Center, offering users a glance at weather conditions with a single swipe.


    But Apple has also made improvements to the Weather app, including a "current location" page that uses geolocation to automatically display the weather and forecast for wherever the user is rather than having to manually input a location.

    Apple has also increased the level of forecast detail, as tapping on a daily forecast expands the item to display an hour-by-hour forecast of temperatures and conditions, with the user able to easily scroll through the entire list for the day.

    Unfortunately, Apple has yet to deploy a dynamic home screen icon for the Weather app that would show the current conditions for the user's location instead of the fixed display of 73 degrees and sunny. But with the weather easily accessible from anywhere via a single swipe in Notification Center, users may find their need for a dynamic home screen icon to be lessened considerably.

    Article Link: iOS 5 Brings Improvements to Weather App
  2. DennisVR macrumors member

    Jan 22, 2008
    It would be great if it would let me pick the weather.
  3. kirky29 macrumors 65816


    Jun 17, 2009
    Lincolnshire, England
    This was one of my favorite smaller updates, I'll still probably end up using The Weather Channel App though.
  4. macduke macrumors 604


    Jun 27, 2007
    Central U.S.
    Dynamic icons would still be nice. That's actually one of the only things I like about Windows Phone 7 Professional Edition 2011 (or whatever it's called). It has dynamic updating content on the home screen.

    I probably missed it somewhere, but has Apple said if developers can make widgets to go into this new notifications pulldown? Can we disable the stock ticker?
  5. Warbrain macrumors 603


    Jun 28, 2004
    Chicago, IL
    You can disable the stock widget and I think developers can make their own.

    The weather widget really makes a dynamic icon unnecessary.
  6. lord_flash macrumors regular

    Aug 6, 2003
    Brighton, England

    Presumably looking into the sky/out of a window is too retro a method for discerning the current weather?
  7. beebler macrumors regular

    Oct 2, 2009
    What I don't understand is the clock widget. The icon should be displaying the actual time!
  8. drewisanapple macrumors regular

    Jun 3, 2011
    Does this apply to the iPad. I miss the inclusion of the stocks app on the iPad, as well as Clock, and Calculator.

    If Weather and Stocks came to iPad's, this would allow me to get rid of some pointless apps.
  9. bushido Suspended


    Mar 26, 2008
    well, theres only so much they can steal at a time from the jb community :p
  10. Glenn.955 macrumors member

    Apr 29, 2009
    Melbourne Australia
    No Weather or Stocks in notification screen on my iPad with v5 installed.
  11. Cougarcat macrumors 604

    Sep 19, 2003
    You can tell the temperature by looking out the window?
  12. dillacom macrumors regular

    Oct 19, 2006
  13. drewisanapple macrumors regular

    Jun 3, 2011
    Disappointing. Wouldn't it make more sense though for people to check stocks on their iPads and check weather outlooks.
  14. TurnerMan macrumors member


    Jan 7, 2007
    In cyberzspace.
    I've always used other weather apps instead of the one Apple includes - I'm looking forward to the hourly forecast so I can plan my beach trips/motorcycle rides around inclement weather.
  15. sunfast macrumors 68020


    Oct 14, 2005
    Can you remove stocks & weather completely yet? That'd be the best enhancement for me.
  16. slicecom macrumors 68020

    Aug 29, 2003
    Toronto, Canada
    Nope, but you can remove the widgets from Notifications.
  17. KakaduDreamer macrumors member

    Jan 25, 2008
    Porterville, California USA
    I always thought it was kinda stupid that Apple didn't include basic Calculator, Stocks and Weather apps on the iPad like they do on the iPhone. Now we have stocks and weather notification widgets on the iPhone implementation of iOS 5 and don't have them on the iPad. Silly Apple!
  18. edwurtle macrumors member


    Apr 13, 2010
    What bothers me is that they ALREADY have dynamic icons (see calendar app) and they still won't implement it for weather and clock app. I guess the weather and time is "too dynamic" and changes too often.
  19. jayducharme macrumors 68040


    Jun 22, 2006
    The thick of it
    LOL! That's only available when you're in Cupertino. It's always sunny and 73 degrees there.

    I'm not a fan of the built-in weather app and relegated it to a folder of forgotten apps. I much prefer the Weather Channel's app, which is much more thorough. The map with radar views is what I find most useful. If the built-in app added that feature, I'd probably stick with it.

    And I too think that having the icon reflect the current temperature is a good idea.
  20. d21mike macrumors 68040


    Jul 11, 2007
    Torrance, CA
    I also use The Weather Channel App but my preference is the simple elegance of the default Weather App Provided. I.E. Easy to read (large) with the most important information for me right away. I like this new hourly and location change. However, I would love them to add Sunrise and Sunset times. These are the main 2 items I use from the other Apps. I also agree with the other person about having the icon show the real temp (like the calendar icon shows todays date). For me I do not want a lot of details on the the icon (like is done with Windows Phone 7). Have to swipe to see this on the Notification Screen is ok but not much different then just hitting the icon. Why not just show the current temp in the icon.
  21. steveihrcke macrumors newbie

    Jan 4, 2008
    I quit using it due to total inaccuracy...just couldn't depend on it...
  22. jdechko macrumors 68040

    Jul 1, 2004
    Dynamic Icon would be easy for Seattle. The forecast would only change twice a year. Overcast/Rainy and 50's from October to June, Sunny and 70's from July to September. :D

    Only a few more days till the Seattle summer!
  23. joeshmo2010 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 25, 2009
    Seattle, WA
    Haha so true, I love our summers here in Seattle. Gorgeous sunrises and sunsets.

    Btw, does anyone think this will use alot of battery? Everyone you swipe down to access the notification center, the location services status icon always appears meaning it searches your location and uses data every time you open it. I wider if there's a way to just have one city up there
  24. iketeru macrumors member

    Jul 31, 2007
    about time, i've been wanting location-based weather since 2.0!
  25. jonnysods macrumors 603


    Sep 20, 2006
    There & Back Again
    I'll use it for the lockscreen, but i use Weather Eye for regular weather checking.

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