WeatherBug, one of the longest standing iOS weather apps, has gone through its biggest overhaul yet. Jumping to v2.0 status, both WeatherBug and the ad-free WeatherBug Elite for iPhone and iPod touch are now sporting a new look, more weather data, and the relocation of settings adjustments from the iOS Settings app to within the WeatherBug app.
In earlier versions, the app’s user interface was the generic black and grey toolbars sandwiching the main area with a white backdrop. In the revamped UI, the entire background is an elegant navy blue. Cleaning things up further, the top toolbar has been shrunk significantly by replacing the location change arrows with a single menu button and the bottom toolbar reduced by removing the button labels.
You’ll also notice that the current weather details are in a more symmetric layout, which is accomplished by centering and decreasing the size of the weather vane and wind gauge. This new layout also provides the opportunity to display the typical current weather conditions symbol in an easy to view size.
The streamlining doesn’t stop there. Display of the three day forecast at the bottom of the home screen and the extended forecast areas have both been minimized and redesigned with an imaged-based appearance. The new setup is hierarchical, where tapping on a day of the week will bring up daytime and nighttime details and tapping on those descriptions will show the hourly forecast, then you can step back a level by tapping the top-left button.
By now, some of you have obviously realized this is very similar to WeatherBug for iPad. Indeed, it is, and having such consistency is a good thing. However, there is one item of difference: expanded details.
Head back to the home screen. To the bottom-left of the weather vane and wind gauge will be the UV index rating. For anyone wondering, this new detail is in place of the barometric pressure report, but don’t get worried about missing out. Simply tap on the wind gauge and you’ll be shown plenty of additional weather details. Even though the iPad has an identical feature, the iPhone version of the app now provides more in-depth weather details, plus the current pollen report and pollen distribution map.
WeatherBug is designed for iPhone and iPod touch running iOS 4.2 or later, and available in the App Store as a free download. WeatherBug Elite is designed for iPhone and iPod touch running iOS 4.2 or later, and available in the App Store for $0.99.