What you need to know
- Bjango has been working on a new weather app.
- Snowflake Weather is from the team behind iStat Menus.
- It uses weather data from multiple sources.
Bjango is a name that will be familiar to Mac users thanks to the excellent iStat Menus. Now the same developer has turned its hand to the weather, with Snowflake Weather now available for iPhone and iPad. There's an Apple Watch app, too.
The idea behind Snowflake Weather is simple. It provides a powerful look at the weather via a nice, simple interface. And that weather data is accurate, too, because it's being pulled from multiple sources.
Snowflake Weather is available from the App Store (opens in new tab) for $4.99, giving you a standard set of features that includes no ads whatsoever. That's always welcome.
- Incredibly comprehensive weather data.
- iPhone and iPad app.
- Apple Watch app.
- Apple Watch complications.
- Today Widget.
- Siri Shortcuts.
- 4 weather providers.
- 4 themes and automatic day/night theme switching.
- No ads, no analytics, and no creepy tracking.
But there's also Snowflake Plus that gets you access to additional features and maps. It costs $4.99 per year or $0.99 per month, so it's obviously best to stump up the money now. You'll get plenty for your money, too.
- Multiple weather providers.
- 4 themes with automatic theme switching.
- 6 icons.
- 15 day forecast when using TWC.
- Animated rain and snow radar map layer.
- Clouds map layer with animation.
- Combined radar and clouds map layer.
- Wind Speed map layer.
- Temperature map layer.
- Dew Point map layer.
- Pressure map layer.
- Humidity map layer.
- 24 hour rainfall map layer.
- 24 hour snowfall map layer.
- Animated forecast rain and snow radar map layer.
- Animated forecast cloud map layer.
- Customize what's shown in current conditions.
- Hide rows in current conditions.
- Switch to a compact version of current conditions.
- Today Widget: Customize what's shown in current conditions.
- Apple Watch: 15 day forecast when using TWC.
- Apple Watch: Customize what's shown in current conditions.
- Apple Watch: Customize what's shown in hourly forecasts.
- Apple Watch: Background data to keep complications up-to-date.
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.
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Doesn’t look any better than some I already have for free. $4.99? Nope! And $4.99 just gets you the basics. They want more for additional features. I'll pass!
It's a bit cheeky to pay for the app and then pay a subscription on top of that, it would've made more sense just to make the basic version of the app free. Not really a fan of this one anyway, the front page is quite "busy" with all the text, and then the third icon at the bottom makes the "Pay for Plus" popup come up, which is easy to forget and really annoying in that sense. I'll continue using Weather Line, it's a subscription fee but I've used Weather Line for years and I just love the way it's really easy to visualize the temperature and whether there's going to be any precipitation
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