Perhaps not the most visually stunning clock and weather apps out there, Weather Live still resonates beauty and includes other features that have made it highly rated by most users. Nevertheless, Apalon has recently released a big update to the app, adding radar, weather maps, iPad Retina display support, notifications, and more.

As part of graphics enhancements and allowing access to new features, the Weather Live toolbar now contains a radar button at the very left and always displays settings, locations, etc on all iDevices.

After tapping the radar button, you are presented with a semi-transparent edge popover window with a map, playback controls, and map type selection menu button. The map choices include clouds, radar, satellite, and rain. Unfortunately, the zoom level is pretty far out. The feature is still useful, but a zoom capability would be really nice.

Beyond these visual additions, Weather Live v1.6 also offers the option for an app icon badge, alert notifications, and a secondary data source. The app icon badge is enabled or disabled through the settings menu, though the value displayed is the current temp of the topmost city in the locations menu. Push alerts can be displayed for region specific severe alerts, sub-zero temps, or both. This option also only involves the topmost city in the locations menu.

Overall, v1.6 is a very promising update for current and potential customers. Indeed, some consider the lack of zoom for maps a significant limitation. However, being one of the very few (actually, I can’t think of any offhand) nightstand weather apps to even provide a radar and weather map feature makes it a step ahead already.

Weather Live is a universal app compatible with iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch running iOS 3.0 or later, and available in the App Store for $1.99.