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One of the most significant aesthetic changes in iOS 7 is found in the iPhone's native Weather application, which has been redesigned with moving three-dimensional graphics that illustrate the current conditions.

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Before opening the Weather application, testers of the first iOS 7 beta will notice that the icon no longer has a static indicator of 73 degrees. That potentially confusing decision, which lasted for years on the iPhone home screen, has been removed, and the new icon simply shows a cartoonish sun partly covered by a cloud.

Upon opening the application, the changes are immediately apparent: The entire background is an animation mimicking the current weather conditions. On a mostly sunny day, clouds will slowly drift by, while thunderstorms will bring down strikes of lightning from the virtual sky.

The animations even reflect the current time, with darker nighttime animations and brighter conditions during the daylight as clouds float or snow falls.

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Tapping on the city and current temperature up top flips the display to a more detailed view. There, humidity, chance of rain, wind speed, and a "feels like" temperature can also be viewed.

Below that, an hour-by-hour breakdown of weather conditions can be viewed. This information can be scrolled to the left to view projected weather further into the future, including temperature and likelihood of rain.

At the bottom of the Weather display is a forecast for the coming days. Projected conditions and temperatures are listed for the next five days.

Weather


As it has been since the first iPhone launched in 2007, the weather data is provided by Yahoo, and a link to its website resides in the bottom left. An "i" button in the bottom right allows users to view all of the favorite cities they have saved in the Weather app, and add new locations.

When viewing favorite locations, users can view local times and current temperatures, while the familiar animations for respective conditions also play in the background. On a 4-inch iPhone 5 display, a total of six and a half cities can be viewed at once at this screen.

The weather "widget" included in the pull-down Notification Center menu has also been overhauled. Weather is now presented in a screen that offers users what is essentially a summary of their day, including any calendar appointments and relevant traffic data.

The Notification Center no longer shows a graphic with current and future weather conditions. Instead, the information is simply a sentence that briefly summarizes the weather.

Currently available for developer testing, iOS 7 is scheduled to arrive for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch this fall. For more on Apple's next mobile operating system, see AppleInsider's ongoing Inside iOS 7 series.
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One of the most significant changes in iOS 7 is the iPhone's native Weather application, which has been redesigned with moving three-dimensional graphics that illustrate the current conditions.

i've been an enthusiastic apple evangelist all my life, and am an apple shareholder. but i'm thinking that if one of the most significant things about ios 7 is a weather app with a moving graphic representing the current conditions then we're all in for a big letdown. either that or appleinsider doesn't really get what it means to provide an analysis.
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Makes you wonder how much input Yahoo had into it.

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It's a great app. It's just a shame that the icon on the homescreen doesn't change too.

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But they STILL didn't update the icon.  For God's sake, why can't the icon reflect the current weather conditions?!?!?!

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Makes you wonder how much input Yahoo had into it.

 

You can check the current Yahoo weather app for iOS by yourself, its pretty much the same apps already.

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I wish the actual app icon would display the current local temperature all of the time.
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It's odd that the Yahoo app looks VERY similar but seems to be powered by Weather Underground.

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This new weather app seems like one of the better conceived of iOS 7's standard apps.
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I wish all the icons would show a little live data about the information inside, like a little window into the app.

Just like the clock app actually will tell the time in iOS 7 ...all the apps should some helpful tidbit of information on the face of the app icon.

Stocks could have your stock of choice with an up or down arrow.

Mail could have an envelope with a number on it. (I know a badge does this buit why not inside the app icon?)

There's a lot of room for stuff like this and the weather icon should show rain, or snow and should change with the weather.

I know battery is an issue I don't see why apple could achieve this type of structure.

Either way I'm ready for the change.
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Mail could have an envelope with a number on it. (I know a badge does this buit why not inside the app icon?)

you should send a feedback request asking for a change to the notification system allowing you to specify where the center of the badge is relative to the icon, that should satisfy your requirement there, no?
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Hey, animated weather is cutting-edge technology!! Uh ... about 5 years ago, that is.

I can't believe that Apple actually showcased this feature when WWDC time was at a premium. In fact, this app would make great Apple-mocking material for the next round of Microsoft Windows phone commercials.

What will Ives come up with next for the weather app? Sound effects? Water droplets that appear to be hitting the display? How about a weather forecaster with radar maps that steps into the picture (male or female by user preferences, of course).

Sorry, but the weather app is the antithesis of what Apple seems to be doing with the rest of the iOS 7 user interface.
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i'm all for icons that update on a pre-set battery-saving schedule, but if my weather app doesn't have a satellite map - nevermind an animated one - sadly i'm going to stick to the TWC app: i hate it, but the map in motion is much more informative than a flashy lightning bolt... like 1.21 gigawatts more informative.
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I wish the actual app icon would display the current local temperature all of the time.

I want this too

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It's odd that the Yahoo app looks VERY similar but seems to be powered by Weather Underground.

Yahoo was supplying, and probably still is, the weather data.

The Yahoo app is quite nice.
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The thing is no matter how beautiful the weather app is, if it does not give you timely accurate information, it's useless.

So it's really comes down to the source of info and no one wants to be screwed up when it below -40C temp here as every single digit matters. Yahoo weather is not accurate at all for northern Candian winters. The only reliable source is the official weather office. If Apple's new weather app is taking the data from Weather Office Canada, I will be more than happy to use it, otherwise, I'm sticking with my current app.
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i've been an enthusiastic apple evangelist all my life, and am an apple shareholder. but i'm thinking that if one of the most significant things about ios 7 is a weather app with a moving graphic representing the current conditions then we're all in for a big letdown. either that or appleinsider doesn't really get what it means to provide an analysis.

Well, before "Mapgate" I'd have NEVER even considered the map app anything to be concerned about, yet the damn press never lets go.... so details about these provided apps has significance beyond the actual utility of the thing. (I mean just load ones you like and move on already...)

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But they STILL didn't update the icon.  For God's sake, why can't the icon reflect the current weather conditions?!?!?!

 

Because an ever changing icon would be confusing to the eye and brain. People get used to what their icons look like.
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I wish the actual app icon would display the current local temperature all of the time.


The "Fahrenheit" and "Celsius" apps do this, using the notification badge. You have to buy separate apps for F and C because the API doesn't let developers update the icon dynamically.

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I think the new app is beautiful. However, as an over 65 person with eye floaters, it would be nice for the option to have more contrast in the text against the animated background. The ultra thin white text against billowy white clouds forces me to stop an extra second to focus on the text to read it, vice a quick glance to see the temperature.

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post #21 of 69

Another very nice addition: if you click the temperature, it will show you the wind speed, the chance (in %) for rain, humidity and such. I'm not a huge fan of the current icon, but the interface itself is a great improvement for me :)

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The only thing I want from Apple's weather app is for them to fix the city names which have been slightly borked since iOS 6 came out and they switched the sources for that sort of thing to their own databases instead of Google's.  

 

The Clock app is even worse in that it basically only has US cities in it and maybe one or two randomly selected cities from each of the other countries. Apple needs to realise that other countries exist.  

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The only thing I want from Apple's weather app is for them to fix the city names which have been slightly borked since iOS 6 came out and they switched the sources for that sort of thing to their own databases instead of Google's.  

 

The Clock app is even worse in that it basically only has US cities in it and maybe one or two randomly selected cities from each of the other countries. Apple needs to realise that other countries exist.  

Isn't that the brilliance of a smartphone? Simply choose an app that does meet your specific needs and install it. I've got a couple of other weather apps that I find helpful myself; and I DO live in the United States....

 

OR drop a browser shortcut onto your homescreen for a browser version of your favorite weather service webpages.

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Hey, animated weather is cutting-edge technology!! Uh ... about 5 years ago, that is.

I can't believe that Apple actually showcased this feature when WWDC time was at a premium. In fact, this app would make great Apple-mocking material for the next round of Microsoft Windows phone commercials.

What will Ives come up with next for the weather app? Sound effects? Water droplets that appear to be hitting the display? How about a weather forecaster with radar maps that steps into the picture (male or female by user preferences, of course).

Sorry, but the weather app is the antithesis of what Apple seems to be doing with the rest of the iOS 7 user interface.
Yet this got enthusiastic applause when shown at WWDC. What is it with all the damn kill joys these days. 1rolleyes.gif

Or are we just getting an influx of concern trolls - the ones who love apple an own every apple product under the sun but are ready to jump ship because of blah blah blah. 1rolleyes.gif

Oh and by the way, his name is Ive, not Ives. If you can't get something as simple as someone's name right the rest of what you say is pretty meaningless.
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Because an ever changing icon would be confusing to the eye and brain. People get used to what their icons look like.

 

but this is done with the Calendar app....the icon reflects the current date. It would be great if the weather app displayed the temp based on current location.

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HTC had this with the first Htc Incredible 

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Yahoo was supplying, and probably still is, the weather data.

The Yahoo app is quite nice.

But Yahoo app shows Weather Underground as IT'S source and Apples app shows Yahoo IT'S source. It's like Apple is using Yahoo as a middle man when if WU is the main source for both, why not have WU on Apple app too? Thats what I was meaning.

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but this is done with the Calendar app....the icon reflects the current date. It would be great if the weather app displayed the temp based on current location.
Wouldn't that be a drain on the battery? I'm assuming why it doesn't have it. I use an app that shows the current temp in red notification dot form but its not always up to date.
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Wouldn't that be a drain on the battery? I'm assuming why it doesn't have it. I use an app that shows the current temp in red notification dot form but its not always up to date.

 

i am not sure...it might be. But when the phone goes out and checks for mail or something like that it could refresh the weather at the same time.....just a thought.

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Yeah and Spotify existed before Google's new radio service. Who cares? I'm not aware Apple was claiming they were the first to have animated weather. And I'm guessing most people when using their phone aren't thinking about who developed something first. People will get this on their iPhone, think its cool and move on with their life.
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It most likely isn't displayed in the icon as a battery managment issue,
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Hey, animated weather is cutting-edge technology!! Uh ... about 5 years ago, that is.

I can't believe that Apple actually showcased this feature when WWDC time was at a premium. In fact, this app would make great Apple-mocking material for the next round of Microsoft Windows phone commercials.
 

 

Are you serious? I just checked and the weather app update got less than a minute of talk time in the whole of the hour-odd long keynote. 

Also it is part of the end to end redesign of iOS and it's supposed to be demonstrated. You may not have gotten the memo of what the keynote was all about. Or are you just digging for crap to throw Apple's way by any chance...

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It's a great app. It's just a shame that the icon on the homescreen doesn't change too.

That what I was thinking. Apple redesigned the entire UI of iOS 7. It would have been nice if they've added dynamic icons API. However, I don't blame them for not adding this now. The beta really shows that they were short on time.

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How about an icon that reflects the weather- the calendar app icon updates, why not weather????????????

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SMH Let's take all the pop out of iOS and make it nearly monochrome, then add some bling inside the app...just the Weather app though. Now we're getting it.

Maybe I am just one of those people who haven't seen the whole OS and am on my Jump to Conclusions mat. It's just different I guess.
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How about an icon that reflects the weather- the calendar app icon updates, why not weather????????????

 

Great idea! Welcome to the forum......

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This is actually better than the Flickr photos version Yahoo used on their own app where many of the same photos are recycled and photos for some cities/towns are simply terrible. Another negative is that loading photos can be laggy.

Apple must have shared the new design language with Yahoo, the font is the same, same weight even, blurred background layer, flat icons, quite a lot of little animations within the app. It can't be a coincidence, that's for sure.
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This is actually better than the Flickr photos version Yahoo used on their own app where many of the same photos are recycled and photos for some cities/towns are simply terrible. Another negative is that loading photos can be laggy.

Apple must have shared the new design language with Yahoo, the font is the same, same weight even, blurred background layer, flat icons, quite a lot of little animations within the app. It can't be a coincidence, that's for sure.

 

I do share the same feeling, maybe Apple got a new "friend" since they burns all bridges with Google. 

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I wish all the icons would show a little live data about the information inside, like a little window into the app.

Those are called widgets.
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Yeah and Spotify existed before Google's new radio service. Who cares? I'm not aware Apple was claiming they were the first to have animated weather. And I'm guessing most people when using their phone aren't thinking about who developed something first. People will get this on their iPhone, think its cool and move on with their life.

Yet we constantly hear about anything that Apple did first.
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