In keeping with the recent trend of user-experience and thanks to some minimalistic and beautiful weather apps, it is quite fitting that MinimalWeather has come into the public eye recently thanks to the power of the Twitter micro-blogging platform. Gone are the days of the overloaded mobile interface which brought stacks of information and text to read. Long live the minimalistic approach to mobile user interface design.
When talking about extremely minimalistic weather experiences, it doesn’t really doesn’t come any more basic that the MinimalWeather.com website. The main homepage of the site is simplicity itself and pulls the current location from the hardware sensors of the iPhone or iPad. When the location has been acquired, the site quickly produces the temperature in big bold numbers and the relevant and minimal icon that goes alongside the current temperature to offer a graphical portrayal of the local weather.
The awesome thing about MinimalWeather is that when the app is added to the home screen, the icon that is added with it displays the current weather information that had previously been displayed within the main interface. Every time the app is launched, the icon updates to the current conditions therefore effectively being a semi-live and self-evolving home screen icon. Updating the icon and providing this interactive app launcher is made possible thanks to the link rel=’apple-touch-icon’ functionality which Apple provides. It is basically Apple’s way of allowing developers to set a favicon-type image that is displayed on the home screen when a website is added as an app.
The site works great in a desktop browser for local weather thanks to browser-based geo-location features but the real power is felt on an iOS device. Head on over to the site now and check it out for yourself. Don’t forget to add to the home screen to experience the full effect.