The Weather Channel for iPhone is the most popular alternative to Apple's built-in Weather app and it recently received a complete makeover. It still has all the great features of the previous design, but the new UI is much more beautiful and user friendly.
Every week the editors at iMore carefully select some of our favorite, most useful, most extraordinary apps, accessories, gadgets, and websites. This week's selections include apps a beautiful iPad weather app, apps for sports and politics, a fun camera app, an app filled with inspirations, a puzzle game, a music app, and an alternative to Instagram.
To see what we picked, and to tell us your pick, follow on after the break!
Apple chose not to include clock, voice recording, weather, calculator, and stock apps, but luckily the App Store has great alternatives for each one!
When Steve Jobs introduced the very first iPad, one of his big statements was that the 75 million iPhone users in the world already knew how to use it. Well, many of those users were suprised to discover that four of the built-in apps that they had grown to love on their iPhone were missing on their iPad. Namely, Clock, Voice Memos, Weather, Calculator and Stocks. Rumor has it Apple didn't think those apps would scale to look good on the bigger iPad screen. Fortunately, many great developers have filled that void and proven that, not only can these apps look good on the iPad. They can look great.
I'm not going to lie, settling on one single app to label as "the best" weather app for iPad wasn't easy. On one hand I had a collection of feature-packed apps that provided every little detail about the weather, including videos and interactive forecasts. On the other hand, I had a group of apps that didn't necessarily have as many features, but were beautiful, easy to use, and fit the needs of most people. Reminding myself that I was looking for best, not most feature-filled, it was easy for me to give Living Earth for iPad the title.
No one likes when their favorite application is left out of the update party, and the folks behind WeatherPro didn't want you to feel that way either. An update has hit the AppStore for WeatherPro users that enables iCloud support for those of you who have updated to iOS 5 along with increased radar support. Knowing the weather for the day ahead is always pretty important to many of us, no one likes to walk out of the door in their finest of clothing and step right into the middle of a wild thunderstorm, do they?
Weddar for iPhone is a weather forecast app powered by the people, for the people. You can check out current weather reports from real people as well as contribute your own. Instead of a generic forecasts, Weddar provides reports such as "feels good, but a little windy" for a more personal and realistic feel.
The recent update of Weddar includes the following:
Better contrast of weather conditions icons (on map screen “+” popovers);
Improved location descriptions when sharing reports to Twitter and Facebook;
Location context (“Chuo, Tokyo” instead of “Chuo” or “Almada, Portugal” instead of “Almada”);
“Fresh” is now “Cool”;
Share of “Hell” is now reported correctly as “like hell.”;
5 requests per day limit (Request/Fill) - Prevents misusage of the requests feature;
Images files optimization resulting in smaller application and faster loading;
App code, Server code and general performance optimization.
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How do you check the weather on your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad? On the iPhone and iPod touch you have the built in, Yahoo! powered Weather app and while it's relatively simple and quick it doesn't provide a lot of information. The iPad doesn't even come with a built in weather app, so finding something you like in the App Store or bookmarking a website are your only options.