Yesterday, I gave you a sneak peek at the changes coming to Apple Maps. Today, I’m going to discuss Apple Weather. The native weather app on iPhone is getting a significant update too, bringing in a lot more information and details over the app that is in iOS 14. That said, this improvement in features and functionality within the Apple Weather app shouldn’t come as too big of a surprise. They are a direct result of Apple’s purchase of the weather app Dark Sky in August 2020. By-in-large, the Weather app that is native to iOS has not changed significantly in the past several years. Some new animations and other details were sprinkled in, but nothing that was even worthy of mentioning. That changes in iOS 15. The changes are vast and it has become a true player in the weather app space.
First, let’s take a look at the Current Conditions part of the Weather app. This looks largely the same as it did in iOS 14 with a bar graph below the temperature to let you know when there will be precipitation and its intensity. This is nearly identical to that of iOS 14 but the animations around the weather are more elegant. Take a look at the screenshot below and note how the rain drop splash on top of the precipitation bar chart.
Scrolling further down the page, you will see a map of the area. This will change based on what is happening. If it is raining, it will show you where the rain storms are in a radar image. If it is clear, it will show you a temperature map, if the air quality is poor, it will show you details, and so on. The good thing is if you want to change this view, just tap on the map and use the layers menu to change it.
Arguably this is a direct decedent of Dark Sky. In fact, if you look at the radar image, it is stunningly similar to the Dark Sky app.
Another addition to Weather that can be traced back to Dark Sky is the Air Quality and other vital weather information. This is all front-and-center in the app, just a swipe down the location page to see. You will see things such as the wind direction and speed, sunrise and sunset time, feel like temperature, humidity and visibility. For weather geeks, this will be loads of fun and will bring all this information into one app that comes native on the iPhone.
Rounding out this sneak peek is notifications in Apple Weather. Finally! That’s right, now you can get notifications on your Lock Screen or in your Notification Center about weather events in you area. Just like a real, grown up weather app.
Don’t get me wrong: There are still some areas where the Weather app in iOS 15 could improve. More granular notifications would be one improvement or perhaps a daily summary text/email of what to expect for the weather on a particular day. But overall, that’s really all I can fault in this updated version of the app. It is stunningly beautify (so Apple) and is a pleasure to use. With the new features and functionality, it could easily become your go-to weather app once you update to iOS 15.