CARROT Weather 5 is a complete redesign of an already great app

Carrot 5 Promo Art
Carrot 5 Promo Art (Image credit: Grailr LLC)

What you need to know

  • CARROT Weather 5 is a complete redesign including cards, new data, and more.

Popular weather app CARROT Weather has a big new update out, with version 5 bringing with it a completely new look and feel. But the changes aren't only skin deep, with new features abound.

The first thing you'll notice is the new look, with new artwork throughout. That even goes as far as Apple Watch complications, with the aim being to make everything look great while still showing useful information.

The colorful new icons were built from scratch to be legible even in the teeniest Apple Watch complication. They're not just bold and chonky, though: they pack in more information, too. There are icons for new weather conditions, like mostly clear and mostly cloudy. And the precipitation icons even give you a hint as to how much it'll rain.

Part of showing that information to users includes the new cards. CARROT 5 wants to make sure you see the data that's most useful. The kind of data that is often hidden away in other weather apps. Not so with CARROT 5.

Carrot 5 Promo Cards

Carrot 5 Promo Cards (Image credit: Grailr LLC)

CARROT is smart, so she won't load your screen up with a bunch of useless cards. If you open the app on a relatively calm day, you might only see sunrise/sunset and moon phase cards. But when the weather starts to turn, new cards will bubble up to highlight potential hazards: a big drop in pressure over the next 3 hours, gale-force winds this afternoon, two inches of rain in the next day.

There's more going on here as well, including even more customization options than previous releases as well as some new prebuilt presets for those who don't want to have to do all the work themselves.

Finally, we have the business model. CARROT 5 is now a free download with a subscription giving users access to all the new hotness. The free version of the app does include ads, but there's a twist.

Note that the free version does include ads, but they're either for fake products or other indie apps. The latter are provided free of charge as CARROT's way of giving back to the awesome indie developer community. (It's possible ads may be sold directly at some future point, but users' information will never be sold or shared.)

Those who want to pay for the full experience can hand over anything from $4.99 per month to $14.99 per month depending on the features required. Annual options are available as well, while existing buyers are covered, too.

Existing customers get to keep all of the features from the original paid up front version of the app forever and they will also have their Premium Club pricing locked in.

The newly updated CARROT 5 is available from the App Store (opens in new tab) now.

Oliver Haslam
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Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.

Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.

2 Comments
  • I wonder at what point the public is going to say "Enough" with subscriptions. Millions are dropping cable, Dish Network, and DirecTV because of their extremely high monthly subscription fees and channels they are required to pay for that they have no interest in watching. They are moving to subscription plans such as YouTube TV which now costs $65 per month and has been bowing to programmer demands to add services that have a marginal appeal, something cable and satellite all had to do in order to carry the channels customers actually wanted to watch. And people are adding subsctiption services such as Discovery+, Disney+, AppleTV+, Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, and on and on, which when added up would either equal or exceed what cable and satellite charges. And now we have apps for our phones and iPads that want to get in on the monthly, endless revenue stream of subscriptions. I have just about reached the "No more!" point myself. If I want weather information and forecasts, I can go to weather.gov or weather.com for free. No, the information may not be packaged as pretty, but it is free, and all these subscription weather apps are doing is scraping that information and putting into a pretty looking format. I really don't need "pretty", I just want the information.
  • I was going to say pretty much the same. I'm not a weather forecaster or meteorologist wannabe. I just want a basic clue as to what to expect. Weather.gov does that just fine, and is the underlying source of a majority of weather apps anyway. I'm about subscriptioned out. I actually early adopted Apple One, not so much because of the value, but because it is one subscription to think about rather than 3, 4 or 5.