iPad weather app at a glance

Comparing iPad weather apps at a glance

18 iPad weather app current weather screens

Earlier in the week I compared the current weather screens of 27 popular iPhone weather apps, and in the spirit of equal time for expansive interfaces, here's the same thing for 18 popular iPad weather apps. The reason for the lower number is that not all of the iPhone apps had iPad versions -- Apple's own iOS weather app included! While some of the iPad versions are just bigger, others take advantage of the larger screen and broader aspect ratio to show not just bigger but more.

Like before, I used the exact same location and page, whenever possible, for each app. I paid for full versions of in-app purchases to disable ads when I could, and when it worked. If extended forecasts could be brought up on the same screen, I brought them up. I made them as comparable as possible.

Here they are, in order, from top left to bottom right, are:

The current weather screen isonly one aspect of a weather app, and doesn't cover features like radar, videos, etc. so as the title says, consider this only a glance at different design approaches. For more on the individual apps, check out our weather app review series.

That being said, which weather apps do you use, and are they the same ones that appeal to you most in the comparison above? Any of the weather screens attractive enough they encourage you check out an alternative app?

Rene Ritchie

Editor-in-Chief of iMore, co-host of Iterate, Debug, Review, The TV Show, Vector, ZEN & TECH, and MacBreak Weekly podcasts. Cook, grappler, photon wrangler. Follow him on Twitter and Google+.

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cbm says:

Intellicast HD is my favorite. (if only there was a way to get rid of the ads)

Penique says:

Agree with cbm. I have 4 or 5 weather apps which get little attention. It may not be pretty, but it is my "go to" app. Wish I could use on iPhone.

9thWonder says:

we don't get much variance in weather where i'm from so i've always been perplexed by the obsession with the weather apps. give me a 10 day forecast and i'm pretty good. Hell i don't really even check the weather. Most of the time i just stick my head out the front door instead. That is unless it's one of those less frequent times when we do get variance in weather.

Corel8 says:

Weather+ is the one I settled on. It's cross platform, accurate and beautiful. I also use Rain Alarm on the iPhone 5. It gives you warnings of impending precipitation and it's quite accurate!

MrCoffeeBrains says:

Haze is a pretty nice minimalist weather app. Only uses your current location though.

Galley says:

AccuWeather is great, but I wish they still had an option to remove the ads.

Penique says:

Thanks for link, drrjv. Have on phone now. Before when I searched on "intellicast" all I got was boating app.

spektakle says:

I use the weather network but my biggest wish is that the icon would update to show the temperature.

Trevor_Johnson says:

I use Seasonality Go. I saw one of the developers other apps on MacBreak Weekly and when searching for that app, I stumbled onto this one. I like it, but it's expensive. Here's the link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/seasonality-go/id373913405?mt=8&at=10l3V...