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This article was published on November 9, 2011


Weatherwise makes Apple’s default iOS weather app look old and weathered

Weatherwise makes Apple’s default iOS weather app look old and weathered
Drew Olanoff
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We’re all familiar with what the built-in iOS Weather app looks like for iDevices. It does exactly what you’d expect, giving you updates on the weather for any location you like. With iOS 5, the updated weather is shown right in your notifications pane, which is a nice addition.

Weatherwise takes viewing weather on your iOS device a few steps further, mostly with its gorgeous design and animations.

Cloudy with a chance of boring

Weather isn’t the most exciting thing in the world, and I wouldn’t say that Apple’s app is bad necessarily, but Weatherwise by app developer Local Wisdom makes it look old. The app is free.

Weatherwise allows you to choose up to five locations to track, which is a bit of a let-down, considering that Apple’s Weather app has no limit. Once you pick your locations, you can choose to buy themes for the app. The built-in “Zen Tree” theme is stunning, and gives you a good idea of the power of Weatherwise.

Below you’ll find a side by side comparison of Weatherwise and Apple’s Weather app.

The animation within Weatherwise changes when the weather does, complete with moving rain and clouds.

This is by far my favorite weather app for the iPhone and Touch, while Magical Weather for the iPad is also worth checking out.

Right now, there are five custom themes that cost .99 cents each, but I’d love to see more. Weatherwise is a perfect example of a third-party app that easily beats out the built-in one from Apple.

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