There's always a slight sense of fear when one of our favorite apps gets the iOS 7 treatment. Our finger hovers just a second longer over the flattened icon as we brace ourselves for what awaits us inside, hoping that the new guidelines haven't messed with any of the functionality. AccuWeather epitomizes these concerns. With a ground-up redesign that strips away everything that previously set it apart from its competitors, the popular weather app has reinvented itself with version 7, but far too much of its new identity feels cribbed and undeveloped.
Dark Sky’s daring interface, sense of focus, and precipitation predictions have won plaudits, making it a favorite weather app with iOS users in the know — but the app’s streamlined nature ensured it remained a niche player. With the recent 4.0 version release, the developers are aiming for the mainstream. The app has moved beyond primarily being concerned with imminent rainfall and conditions, and now boasts a greater range of forecast content; this echoes the developer’s online effort, Forecast.io, plus the interface has been "Jony Ived," so to speak.
Remember the netbook? If you head to a warehouse club store, you can occasionally still spot them available for sale, but at least one research firm claims the end is nigh for the little notebooks that could(n't).
Few of us can actually claim to know what Apple will do this year, especially with the curveballs that the company continues to keep throwing. (Who could have seen that fourth-gen iPad coming so soon?) But one analyst believes they have cracked Cupertino's code.
Apple has bundled a weather app with every iPhone and iPod touch ever sold, so creating a paid third-party alternative is either extremely foolish or very brave. To succeed, you’d have to stand out and offer something so different that paying for it actually makes sense. This is precisely what the creator of Partly Cloudy has done. Most weather apps offer a nice graphic of the current weather, along with basic information like temperature and other details. By contrast, Partly Cloudy is very spartan; there are no pretty pictures, just what looks like an unusual clock face.
There's a fine line between form and function. Every developer who puts a premium on design inevitably faces tough choices along the way, sacrificing features and usability for the sake of retaining their vision. Like its name suggests, WTHR is a minimalist reinterpretation of Apple's Weather app, offering the current temperature and conditions alongside a 7-day forecast. As a Dieter Rams-inspired design project, it hits on many of his 10 principles, with a pure, clean aesthetic that practically begs you to touch it.