Apart from having a sense of glee and excitement every time we unlock the device, one thing all iOS device owners have in common is the fact that we have to contend with the environmental elements on a daily basis. Once upon a time, we used to gauge the weather based on the time of year and what season we were in, but those days are long gone with mother nature becoming increasingly erratic over what weather conditions she dishes out.
The built-in Weather app and Notification Center widget on iOS does a pretty decent job of keeping us in the loop with the weather in our current location and around the world, but it does lack a certain amount of visual panache and comes nowhere near to appealing to the mobile user who has a keen sense of style and visual flair. Thankfully, for those who take their weather viewing seriously, the official App Store has you covered in the form of the Daily Weather+ app that manages to present the current and forecasted weather in a rather unique interface.
The app attempts to offer a new slant on weather by presenting it in a newspaper type format that allows the user to turn the page over to get to the next view. This isn’t the first app we have seen that takes advantage of the new UIPageViewController APIs in iOS 5, but it does represent a very nice implementation of the feature into what is an accomplished and functional weather based offering. First and foremost, the bright visuals of the app mixed together with the page turn sound effects actually make it quite a quirky and fun app to use.
When the app is launched and has printed the weather newspaper on your device, the main interface is packed with information that is laid out perfectly and makes great use of the available screen real-estate on the device. The interface visuals include a newspaper headline that indicates whether it is displaying the current or forecasted weather, as well as a smaller sub-headline that displays the location that the weather is being pulled from. Users can manually specify a location or use the GPS on the device to pull the current location.
Wind factor, current humidity as well as the current temperature in Celsius of Fahrenheit or just a handful of the pieces of information that are displayed on the main current conditions view with that being stripped back to a daily high and low temperature on the forecasted pages. The fact that Daily Weather+ displays real-time weather information, updating automatically and displayed in a beautiful Retina-ready user-interface definitely propels it toward the top of the must-have weather apps list.
Daily Weather+ is available for $0.99 from the official App Store and requires an iPhone or iPod touch with iOS 5.0 or above installed.
Download Daily Weather+ for iPhone or iPod touch [iTunes Link]