iOS 16.2 could put Apple News in the Weather app so it can tell you it's too hot twice
News about the weather doesn't sound like a fun time.
Apple is reportedly ready to integrate Apple News stories into the Weather app on iPhones, iPads, and Macs. It's already started with the latest iOS 16.2 beta and betas for iPadOS 16.2 and macOS Ventura 13.1.
While it only appears to work in some parts of the United States, that could be a limitation of the beta status with which the updates are currently working. We're told that Alabama and Mississippi weather shows news from Fox Weather, for example, but there's nothing presently appearing for New York.
News in your weather
This being the Weather app, the news being surfaced is specifically tailored to what the world is doing outside the window at any given moment. Examples reported by 9to5Mac include information about tornado touchdowns over the weekend, but we can also imagine seeing news stories about cold snaps and heatwaves.
Tapping a new article within the Weather app opens the News app as you'd expect, with those who don't have it installed instead directed to the story in Safari. Unfortunately, there are currently no settings to be had at all, and the option to disable the integration between News and Weather isn't present. It's unclear whether it will work in the future, too.
Apple's software updates are all currently in beta form and are expected to be released to the public in the middle of December. This integration may be removed before then, but it seems more likely to be fleshed out ahead of that public release next month.
While the Weather app might not be the best iPhone app for checking the forecast, according to many, it's the one that comes pre-installed on every device Apple sells and has a huge installed user base. So it stands to reason that Apple would want to try and push News via such an app.
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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.