missing app: clock, weather

Discussion in 'iPad' started by aicul, May 29, 2010.

  1. aicul macrumors 6502a

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    why are the clock and the weather app missing from the iPad?

    these are standard iPod and iPhone apps which were just perfect.

    I really do not know why they are missing, particularly when the OS is supposedly the same.

    :confused:
     
  2. Gav2k macrumors G3

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    It's because steviebabie didn't like the scaled up versions of the apps.
     
  3. eneisch macrumors 6502a

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    The rumor on the net was that Apple did not like the way they scaled up on the iPad and did not have time to revamp them before the launch.

    For weather I would get the weather.com free app. It's pretty good.

    For a clock I would get the free Nightstand app. It's OK, but because it is not a standard Apple app the alarms etc do not run in the background. Also I miss the countdown timer.

    Maybe Apple will add them this fall as part OS 4.0......
     
  4. ScottNWDW macrumors 65816

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    There are plenty of free weather apps that give a lot more information than the iPhone's built in App. I would suggest the Weather Channel's app or Weather Bug. Both Apps have an iPad specific app and they are both awesome.

    As far as the clock goes, the time is displayed prominently in the center at the top of the screen. I don't think a clock app is necessary, but on the other hand I do see where it is nice to know the times in other places, and there are apps out there that can also do the same functions and are free as well. A simple search on the word "clock" pulled up well over 120 apps just for the iPad alone with many of those free.
     
  5. aicul thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    what was good about the clock app is that it provided

    - a world time - good for my business calls
    - an alarm that works in background

    I know they are many it her apps out there, but these two were jewels of simplicity which I have no found elsewhere.
     
  6. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

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    Agreed, the missing clock app is annoying b/c of its unique ability to work in the background. Apple should at least make it a d/l option for users. But really how hard is it for Apple to design a proper clock app? At any rate with multitasking coming this fall it will not be a huge issue for long.

    For weather, there are free weather apps so no loss in not having an official Apple version.
     
  7. GadgetX macrumors regular

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    For a functional clock app,
    1. Jailbreak your iPad and iPhone
    2. Use SSH to transfer the mobiletimer app from your iPhone to your iPad
    3. Change the permissions
    Done, now you have a clock app that will run the same as on your iPhone. Why Apple didn't include this I have no idea, but luckily there are always work arounds.
     
  8. DannyNguyener macrumors regular

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    For clock, I think its unnecessary to have an app as mentioned above, there is a clock displayed on the screen at all times.

    For weather, I paid .99 cents for a simple yet beautiful app called weather HD.
     
  9. Julien macrumors G3

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    Sort of ironic and redundant to add it in OS 4.0 since OS 4 will allow multitasking.;)
    ...and how well does the alarm work and how do you use a timer? :eek: There is more to the clock App than just seeing the current time.
     
  10. crut macrumors regular

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    I agree. I miss the Clock app because I use the timer - it's ability to work in the background and turn off the iPod app is really useful.
     
  11. Night Spring macrumors G5

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    I also miss the timer/alarm function of Apple's clock app. And while it's true that when OS 4 arrives, third-party clock apps will run in the background, i've yet to find one I like. Apple's clock app is simple and functional, while third-party clock apps just seem to try too hard to add frills that differentiate them from other clock apps. They all seem to shout "look at me!" while Apple's clock app just lets me focus on the clock/time functions. :(
     
  12. ryanwarsaw macrumors 68000

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    Accuweather is a pretty nifty weather app. I just got my iPad today and am quite disappointed that it is missing the world clock and stocks. For a device that is pretty much ideal for travellers it is somewhat pathetic that we can't check our stocks, the weather or look at time zones. Those are the sort of things this device is perfect for.

    I obviously wasn't informed enough when I bought this device but I just took for granted this things would be on it. Even if it didn't scale well and look pretty any clock with a timer is better than nothing.

    I can duplicate the weather and stock app with third party apps that are free but I can't find a decent world clock that is free.

    There is always some stupid small quirk with Apple that seems to not let me have my cake and eat it too.
     
  13. ssdeg7 macrumors 6502a

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    I think they must come with the new iOS 4.0, that may be one of the causes for the delay.
     
  14. Nausicaa macrumors 6502a

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    For stocks, check out the free Bloomberg app (you prolly have already). It's really quite good and I doubt Apple would be able to top it. I only like the iPhone Stocks app because it is so well designed for a small screen. On the iPad, Bloomberg wins.

    I agree that it would have been nice of them to include a clock/alarm app, and an advanced calculator. Imagine having Texas Instruments style function abilities on the iPad.

    Weather HD is pretty cool - the prettiest weather app for sure - but it doesn't provide too much information.
     
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  16. Don Kosak macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah, I miss world time. I also miss the flexible alarms and used them for recurring meeting reminders and such. (I know, you can use Calendar for that, but that's overkill for a reminder beep...)
     
  17. rdstoll macrumors 6502

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    I second this call....Apple really needs the Clock app on the iPad. It's a stupid oversight, in my opinion.

    If we can't have mutitasking (yet) then at least give us a damn clock!
     
  18. wackymacky macrumors 68000

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    What the hell was with this decision? Steve didn't like the up-scaled version!

    I was really surprised that it shipped without a clock and calculator app.

    No alarms in the background? It’s a device purportedly suitable for business with no world clock? They really could have made a decent App for this. I really wanted to put Steve’s balls in a nutcracker for this.
     
  19. shadow22 macrumors newbie

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    Weather and Clock

    For the Weather, AccuWeather is fine for me. It has hourly and 15 day forecast, lots of locations supported, reasonably accurate.

    If you need a World Clock (e.g. different time zones), an iPad only app called The World Clock is my choice. It supports very large number of locations (way larger than the Apple's Clock), has a beautiful world day/night map and some nice features, but lacks alarm clock and timer options. It is worth $1 IMO.

    If you need an accurate time, there is an app called Emerald Time (universal - iPhone and iPod), it gives accurate time using NTP.

    If you need alarm clock, be aware that none of the apps on the app store will fire an alarm if you exit the app. This was mentioned already, but I would highly recommend NOT to jailbreak the iPad to get the functionality. The iOS 4.x update for the iPad was promised by Apple "This Autumn". Better wait few months.

    Who knows, may be Apple will port their Clock app as well?
     
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  21. harry20larry macrumors 6502a

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    They will be available widgets come iOS 4 for iPad, stocks will also be included.
    Steve
     
  22. tod macrumors regular

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    News Clocks is a great little world clock app for the iPad. I actually had to write it to fill my own need.
     

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