iOS 8 Ditches Yahoo Weather for Content From The Weather Channel

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple appears to have ceased using data from Yahoo for its Weather app in iOS 8, instead getting weather information directly from The Weather Channel. iPhones running iOS 8 have a slightly revamped weather app that pulls its information from The Weather Channel, whereas previously, weather information was obtained through Yahoo.

    Yahoo's weather information, however, was also supplied by The Weather Channel (TWC), so it seems that Apple has opted to cut out Yahoo as a go-between. The switch from Yahoo to TWC is a bit surprising given reports of ongoing talks between Yahoo and Apple over ways to more deeply integrate Yahoo services into iOS apps. While it is unclear if those plans have been scrapped, an April report suggested Yahoo was aiming to revamp its mobile search platform with the hopes of being iOS's default search engine.

    While the source of the data Apple uses is ultimately the same, there are differences in the underlying technology supporting the weather data between the two services. Because of that, the data presented to the end user may be slightly different even though Yahoo also obtained its data from TWC.

    In addition to using TWC as a source for weather data, the iPhone's weather app is now displaying a nine day weather forecast, up from the previous five day forecast. There's also a new weather summary at the bottom of the app, noting the current weather conditions along with conditions for the rest of the day.

    The new Weather app within iOS 8 is currently available to registered developers. The general public will get access to the operating system this fall, after beta testing has been completed.

    Article Link: iOS 8 Ditches Yahoo Weather for Content From The Weather Channel
  2. macnerd93 macrumors 6502a


    Nov 28, 2009
    United Kingdom
    The Yahoo Weather app is beautiful on iOS :) use it more than the proper default iOS app.
  3. richeyty macrumors member


    Jul 25, 2013
    Probably to make it more accurate? I don't know, this makes no sense to me.
  4. illegalprelude macrumors 68000


    Mar 10, 2005
    Los Angeles, California
    I think Ryan nails it because even if Yahoo is getting their info from TWC, I never find their info as reliable as the one from TWC app. And I live in LA so it's not as if we're some obscure city.
  5. 16Paws macrumors 6502a

    Jun 2, 2014
    Vicious Cycle

    I'm glad they changed... but then again Yahoo's App gets their data from Weather Underground which is owned by The Weather Channel... so I guess it is just a branding shift as the data is probably still coming from the same location.
  6. DipDog3 macrumors 65816


    Sep 20, 2002
    How about radar?

    If the default weather app had that, I could ditch the others.
  7. AnthonyVSilva macrumors newbie


    May 27, 2014
    Texas, US
    Agreed. Weather was always a little off and would always be different from what the app provided.
  8. lodolfo macrumors newbie


    Apr 15, 2013
    What a shame... now how am I going to know what the weather is NOT going to be like?

    If Yahoo! says it will be sunny today, I take it as a guarantee that it will be anything but sunny today. Can The Weather Channel give me that reliability? I think not!
  9. John.B macrumors 601


    Jan 15, 2008
    Holocene Epoch
    My problem with the built-in Yahoo/Weather app was the incessant attempts to hijack the default search engine.

    No, I don't want to change my search engine to Yahoo.

    I use the WeatherBug app for radar images, though their "hourly" forecasts aren't terribly dependable -- especially wind speed is almost always understated.
  10. Deelron macrumors regular

    Jan 30, 2009
    This, it was always strange that the apps didn't match each other yet the source was the same.
  11. ElZeus macrumors regular

    May 26, 2008
    I'm so glad they cut out Yahoo. They've been running some extreme clickbait titles on their main page as of late.
  12. Dominicanyor macrumors 6502a


    Apr 1, 2012
    When is all those changes suppose to happend?
  13. Roller macrumors 68020

    Jun 25, 2003
    Regardless of where the weather data comes from, I'm glad that they've made better use of the screen. The current app wastes space showing the city, current conditions, and temperature in the upper half. With this change, there's room for more forecast days.
  14. jrswizzle macrumors 603


    Aug 23, 2012
    McKinney, TX
    That's the only reason I use alternatives as well....really silly not to have a radar in the default.

    If I need a temp reading, I go to the notification center. If I need anything else, I go to the Yahoo Weather App. Although TWC has done a nice job revamping their app....the ads killed it before.
  15. Menopause macrumors 6502a


    Feb 26, 2011
    Believe me, this is an excellent move, given that

    And I can bet Apple dumped Yahoo weather because of this:

    I and very many people I know are constantly plagued with this problem.
  16. Cougarcat macrumors 604

    Sep 19, 2003
    Maybe that's why Yahoo gave them an ADA, as a consolation prize. ;)

    I think Apple would have a much different perspective on this if they didn't live in Southern California.
  17. jarred125 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 8, 2011
    So does this include the usual "Weather Channel Sensational Headlines!" with it as well? The Weather channel actually used to be ... useful.
  18. Gasu E. macrumors 68040

    Gasu E.

    Mar 20, 2004
    Not far from Boston, MA.
    LA used to be more obscure; but you guys really cut down on the air pollution.
  19. Icaras macrumors 603


    Mar 18, 2008
    California, United States
    I had no problem with Yahoo weather info. Odd move.
  20. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

    Jessica Lares

    Oct 31, 2009
    Near Dallas, Texas, USA
    Pfft. I'm waiting for the Dark Sky widget. :D

    I think The Weather Channel needed Apple more than they needed them. Their new app is just awful.

    Yeah, it's in there. Pretty nice.
  21. Jacquesvw macrumors regular

    Sep 12, 2012
    The weather prediction for my location in deep dark Africa is way off, so I ordered personal weather stations a week ago and the plan is to transmit data to Weather Underground to help make weather predictions more accurate. I will be glad if this data eventually help make the weather app more accurate.
  22. bumblebritches5 macrumors 6502

    Nov 7, 2012
    In iOS 8...
  23. genovelle macrumors 6502a

    May 8, 2008
    I found the weather channel app to be more accurate.
  24. OneBagTravel macrumors 6502


    Oct 18, 2013
    I wish it had radar. I use it a lot for when I'm planning a day since weather here changes on the fly.

    I currently use the Yahoo weather app since it has all of this built into a sleek interface.
  25. suprakc macrumors regular

    Jun 15, 2013
    Thank Goodness. Yahoo weather is always a little off, IMO, in my area.

    I tend to use the weather channel app, as it is more accurate, but it will sure be nice to have it as the standalone weather app - which is nice and clean.

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