Current Weather ($0.99) by Chad Ettelbrick is a simple and gorgeous weather app for your iPhone.
I got drawn in to Current Weather because of the interface and design – it’s just beautiful. I also prefer my weather apps to be simple, and that’s what I found in Current Weather.
When you launch the app, it will prompt you for your location using the iPhone’s location services. If you choose to not utilize location services, then the app will allow you to choose one set location.
The screen will display a large graphic that shows the current weather conditions. The graphic is my favorite part – it’s just so pretty to look at. Current Weather will also show the temperature, wind direction and speed, and the temperature at night. You’ll also be given the temperature for the next day, as well as next night. Icons will be shown to represent the weather conditions of the day as well (clouds for cloudy, etc.).
For what it’s worth, the temperature that is shown in Current Weather seems to be pretty accurate. The current temperature matched what was shown in the weather widget in my Notification Center.
If you tap on the bottom arrow, or just drag the screen up, you can access three options: Share Forecast, Share Photo, or Settings.
In Settings, you can log in to your Twitter account (used to share the forecast or a photo), choose between Celsius or Fahrenheit, and mph or km for wind speed.
With Share Forecast, you will be able to send the image of the current weather with temperature to Twitter. Additionally, you are able to take a photo from within the app (let’s stick to the weather here) and send it to Twitter.
That’s it – the key behind this app is the simplicity. However, while I love the interface, some things should be improved on.
I allowed the app to find my location, so I had no issues with that. However, I hope that the developer will allow users to set more than one location in the future, or even allow users to set static locations. At the moment, I was unable to find a way to choose and save multiple locations. This can be a deal breaker for some people.
It would also be nice to be able to have access to more days, such as a three, five, or seven-day forecast. Currently, the app only shows you today and tomorrow -- sometimes this is not enough.
There also doesn’t seem to be a way to manually refresh the weather data. It may not be too important though (how often do you need to refresh the temperature?), but other weather apps do give the option to, so it would be nice to see in the future.
Hopefully these can be added in the future. The interface is certainly nice and I love the graphics, so I would like to be able to use this as my main weather app someday. I say someday because I like to check what the weather is like someplace else, in case I’m planning on heading there. Unfortunately, now isn’t the time with the current set of features.
However, if you are okay with one set location or an always-updated location of wherever you are at the moment, then this app should fit your needs. If not, then just keep this on the radar.
Current Weather is available in the App Store for $0.99 for a limited time as part of an introductory sale.