Today Yahoo introduced its new Yahoo Weather App for iOS. Now this is not an update to the stock Weather App found in iOS that is powered by Yahoo, but an App found in the iTunes App Store. The App is free and for the price it is amazing. The App uses flickr photos as the background and provides flickr link that the user can click to view the photo in full detail. This was great integration of flickr into the App, which appears to be part of Yahoo’s mobile App strategy since it revamped its flickr App on iOS.
In addition to giving the current temperature and weather conditions it provides expected high and low for the day. Swiping upward on the app reveals the forecast for the day and the next five days. Scrolling further reveals details for the the day’s weather, a map for allowing access for tracking temps, wind and precipitation. Finally users are treated to a forecast of precipitation, wind & pressure and the position of the sun at the moment, with sunrise and sunset times.
There a setting to switch between Celsius and Fahrenheit, for me it defaulted to Fahrenheit so I am not sure if that the unit of measurement is country specific. The only thing at this point that the App is missing is social media share buttons. I think it would add to the App to show off the weather and integrate flickr photos into the post. The app has been reliable all day long and did not crash once. I was able to add all the cities I wanted. What I like most about the app is the ability to track weather via the map feature and to see the current day’s forecast and of course the 5 day forecast.
My hope is that Apple will take a look at what Yahoo has done with this App and apply that to the stock weather App. For its first try, Yahoo, in my opinion hit a home run. Take a look at the app in action below and give it a try by downloading it from the iTunes App Store. The App is compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation) and iPad. Requires iOS 5.0 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.