One of the highly recommended weather apps, Weather Live’s reputation is likely due to the continued addition of features and enhancements. One of the more significant updates was v1.6 in June, adding radar, weather maps, iPad Retina display support, notifications, and more. As of today, that is, the release of v1.9, Weather Live includes a sixth display mode, enhancements to the Widget and Text-Only layouts, an easy gifting options, as well as performance and stability improvements.

A main feature of Weather Live, the different layout exist to satisfy almost every preference possible. The choices consist of four Widget, one Text-Only, and now Circle View. In this new view, the circle is a large wind rose with the temperature, sky condition, day and time, humidity, and precipitation levels contained within. In addition, the forecast is shown along the bottom of the screen.

It may not be obvious to infrequent users, but the wind rose design has changed in all layouts. In the Widget layouts, the glass glare has been reduced, the NE, SE, NW, and SW indicators removed, and the vane is now a simple arrow. In Text-Only view, the vane is gone as well, plus the gauge has become a regular circle. Also in Text-Only view, the Hour and Day buttons are molded into the design, resulting in a much smoother appearance.

Overall, I like the addition of Circle View and other app enhancements. However, I do have a couple of small gripes. Foremost, there seems to be even more Apalon app recommendations then before, which is annoying since Weather Live is a paid app. It would be better to just have a “More Apps” section like most developers implement. My second request remains to be radar and map zoom. The feature is handy as is, but zoom would be helpful.

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.