I love weather apps. Even going back to my Palm and Pocket PC days I was a sucker for a good weather app. Today, a new weather app called Weather Neue by Switch Soft Technologies was released in the Apple App Store. It's clean, extremely simple to use, and does not bombard you with tons of information and maps that other, more complex apps provide.
Upon launching the app, you are presented with a slight animation of the weather UI "sliding" into place. The app uses location based services to obtain your current location. I prefer this type of GPS use as opposed to some of the other apps that force you to select given locations as part of a set-up process. Those type of weather apps definately have a purpose, allowing you to select locations other than your current to see what's going on in a particular location. However, Weather Neue is a "right here" type of app which I prefer to use as a quick look at what the weather is like.
There's not much to the UI. The main screen is a simple current conditions with the today, and 3 additional day forecast at the bottom of the screen. The app uses the very clean Helvetica motif and I must say works really nicely. The weather can be refreshed at any time by shaking the device.
A simple settings screen transitions in nicely by tapping the location at the top of the screen. Temperature measurements (fahrenheit and celcius) are toggled by an on/off switch. I did find a bit of an annoying bug of the setting being reset each time the app is launched from scratch. The app developer tweeted that the next update submitted to Apple will correct this problem.
The app currently only works on the iPhone and is not universal. Attempting to install it on the iPad gives a message that "The App is Incompatible with the iPad - This app requires GPS". From what I have heard from the dev, the next update should also address at least being able to install on an iPad.
Overall, I am really enjoying Weather Neue and I think it will make a fine addition to my primary iPhone home screen. Oh, did I mention? This app is FREE. What are you waiting for? Go Download.
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