iPhone 6 barometer = High density cloud-based weather monitoring

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  1. zorinlynx macrumors 601

    zorinlynx

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    There's a rumor the iPhone 6 may come with a barometer.

    This may end up being HUGE for the weather forecasting industry. We're suddenly going to have a fleet of millions of devices containing both GPS and a barometer. Combined with an appropriate app, it will be possible to get precise readings and trends of atmospheric pressure across wide areas.

    Who knows, maybe that scene in Back to the Future part 2 where the weather service perfectly predicts the end of a rain shower will become a reality.

    Thoughts? :)
     
  2. simon48 macrumors 65816

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    That could be cool. Dark Sky pretty much so has that down, but there's always room for improvement.
     
  3. zone23 macrumors 68000

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    If that was the case then they would already have it, its not new to the android world just the iPhone.
     
  4. jlake02 macrumors 68020

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    I can see how it would be great for forecasting but personally I'm betting it'll be on the "How to Save Battery Life" list and I'll be disabling the weather reporting feature immediately.


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  5. simon48 macrumors 65816

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    Ah, I don't know about that. It's not unusual for Apple to take something that already exists and make it a million times better and popular.
     
  6. cynics macrumors G3

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    Android devices have included barometers for years. Galaxy S3? I know the Motorola Xoom had one. So yeah.

    They aren't good for weather predictions at all in a mobile device. And when I say "at all" I mean they are literally useless. Pressure needs to be monitored from specific known locations and trends need to be watched for accuracy.

    You carrying a barometer from outside to inside or from your first floor to your second floor of your house will throw any measurements WAY off. Stores and businesses are generally pressurized to a point which is generally unnoticeable to you (sometimes walking into a store you'll feel a draft blowing out) but will spike out a barometer. Even inside a vehicle with the heat or air on will be incredibly inaccurate from atmospheric pressures.

    It's generally used for faster GPS locks.
     
  7. Newtons Apple Suspended

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    I am not anxious to provide any information and would turn this off in a second.
     
  8. gibbz macrumors 68030

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    cynics beat me to it - this sensor will be more relevant to determining altitude than for forecasting.
     
  9. zorinlynx thread starter macrumors 601

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    True that. I'd not even heard there's other phones out there with barometers in them. Why? Probably because nobody's used them for anything.

    Apple probably will.
     
  10. zone23 macrumors 68000

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    At one time it was thought that maybe Google maps would use it so a map of a floor plan would know what level you were on. So say your in a building Google maps would know you were on the 3rd floor for example. Then show you the layout for that floor.
     
  11. Lloydbm41 macrumors 68040

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    Faster GPS coordinates AND elevation data. X, Y and Z axis for multi floor car structures and/or accurate mapping data.

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    Problem is, the floor layout still has to be mapped first. I don't know of too many indoor mapped areas yet.
     
  12. cambookpro macrumors 603

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    Dark Sky told me yesterday that it was about to rain, when it was 35 degrees Celcius and not a cloud in the sky.

    There's a lot more room for improvement.
     
  13. Mildredop macrumors 68020

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    Surely it would mainly read the air in millions of air-conditioned offices, stuffy houses and sweaty back pockets.
     

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