Is it snowing in your area? Your iPhone won't be able to tell you

Weather app on iPhone
(Image credit: Apple / Aaron Rupar)

iPhone users have been reporting a strange bug on the Lock Screen, where a Weather widget shows a broken file icon when it’s snowing in their area.

Since iOS 16, you’ve been able to place a bunch of widgets onto an iPhone’s Lock Screen. These can be very helpful in checking off to-do tasks, quickly launching a favorite app, or even checking the Weather.

However, it’s not useful if it starts snowing nearby and your iPhone lets you know with a broken file icon. It’s not clear yet if this can be fixed on Apple’s side as a server fix, or as a future iOS update. But at iMore, this isn’t the only issue some on the team have noticed plaguing our iPhones lately.

Bugs snowing through the cracks — iMore’s take

Since updating to iOS 17.1 on my iPhone, I’ve been experiencing some random issues. For example, notifications arrive long after they’ve been dismissed or dealt with on another Apple device. Or AirPods like to disconnect from an iPhone, causing me to have to manually reconnect them in Control Center.

When it comes to the file icon bug, it's a shame. I've loved creating a bunch of Lock Screens with widgets since iOS 16. So to see broken widgets is very un-Apple-like.

Tammy, our Senior Writer, finds that when she sees a bunch of notifications on her iPhone’s Lock Screen, she unlocks her iPhone and they all disappear. This all may be a fleeting issue, however, as it turns out our How To Editor is running iOS 17.2 beta and has experienced none of these bugs.

So while these all may be a temporary issue, it’s a bunch of annoying bugs that dampen the experience. This is especially true when I’ve been enjoying my new iPhone 15 Pro Max and its greatly improved camera and 5x zoom lens.

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Daryl Baxter
Features Editor

Daryl is iMore's Features Editor, overseeing long-form and in-depth articles and op-eds. Daryl loves using his experience as both a journalist and Apple fan to tell stories about Apple's products and its community, from the apps we use everyday to the products that have been long forgotten in the Cupertino archives.

Previously Software & Downloads Writer at TechRadar, and Deputy Editor at StealthOptional, he's also written a book, 'The Making of Tomb Raider', which tells the story of the beginnings of Lara Croft and the series' early development. He's also written for many other publications including WIRED, MacFormat, Bloody Disgusting, VGC, GamesRadar, Nintendo Life, VRV Blog, The Loop Magazine, SUPER JUMP, Gizmodo, Film Stories, TopTenReviews, Miketendo64 and Daily Star.

  • Annie_M
    Interesting. I'm not seeing this at all.
  • EdwinG
    I have been affected by this defect.
  • Wotchered
    If it's snowing in your area, you've probably noticed by now ! and if it's snowing somewhere else, it doesn't matter...
  • EdwinG
    Apparently, it’s snowing at the airport.

    Usually, at work, I have the full screen weather wallpaper, which is not broken.