Lock Screen Weather app adds weather to the iPhone Lock screen

Lock Screen Weather

Lock Screen Weather is a clever app that allows you to display local weather information and graphics on the iPhone Lock screen without requiring a jailbreak.

  • Current weather conditions on your Lock Screen
  • Optional five-day weather forecast displayed below current weather
  • Tens of thousands of cities around the world supported
  • Current weather and forecasts updated automatically and according to where you are (optional)
  • Background sounds captured right in the nature (optional)
  • Both Fahrenheit (℉) and Celsius (℃) scales supported
  • Originally designed graphic assets reflecting every significant weather change

The way it works is by playing a silent track through the iPod app, then using the album art for the track to display the weather based on locations you set within the app settings. Because of the dynamic abilities of how album art is displayed in the iPod app, and subsequently shown whenever you lock your iPhone or iPod touch, this app essentially tricks the iPhone into displaying updated Lock screen weather without breaking any of Apple's strict developer guidelines.

The only drawback is, whenever you have the app running to display weather on the Lock screen, you won't be able to listen to any music from the iPod app (or any other App Store app that uses audio output or album art, such as Pandora). This is, however, a very adept workaround and gets the job done without the need to jailbreak and install apps like IntelliscreenX.

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Andrew Wray

Andrew Wray is a Salt Lake City, Utah based writer who focuses on news, how-tos, and jailbreak. Andrew also enjoys running, spending time with his daughter, and jamming out on his guitar. He works in a management position for Unisys Technical Services, a subsidiary of Unisys Corporation.

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Lock Screen Weather app adds weather to the iPhone Lock screen

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I can't help but laugh (almost till tears) at the amount of work that goes into circumventing Apple's refusal to enable features that should be integral to the platform. Connected apps/live data apps (widgets) are the killer app iOS is missing.

But why? Is the weather that important? I know that today it hit 82 degrees outside, the day before it was 84 degrees, tomorrow they say 76 degrees which normally means it will hit 81 or 82 degrees instead.
I already know that during the night it will drop below freezing and then get hot during the day.
Guess it might matter to those in the far northern states or eastern states but I won't waste battery on it.

until you use the stupid camera lol. i work for a cell company, worst htc of the entire line up. shoulda waitted for the razr or raider.

how can one need this? upgrade to ios5...there you go weather widget.. this will obvi drain ur battery constant song playing.. and if your on and older device jailbreak. and if your too big of a jew/ noob, buy a ios 5 device

speaking as the client, not much use for me, speaking as a programmer; interesting way to make the job done, i wonder how animations would work.

Not available in Canadian App Store, but says it is available in the UK App Store, so I log in to my UK account and its not there. I also logged into my us account... Not there either!