Your iPhone’s Weather app is getting its biggest update yet in iOS 16. With Apple finally integrating its Dark Sky purchase into Apple Weather, you’ll see more information for each location’s forecast. Plus, there are a few surprises to check out, like the ability to add more cities to track.
Apple won’t release iOS 16 to the general public until this fall after developer and public beta testing. Still, you can see below how useful it will be if you don’t want to install the beta yourself. If so, there are still plenty of hidden customizations you can change for your Weather app right now that will still apply in iOS 16.
1. Add up to 50 slots instead of 20
Before iOS 16, you could only monitor up to 20 locations in the Weather app. A prompt will ask you to remove more places before you can add more. Now you won’t see this prompt again until you reach the new limit of 50 slots (your current slot plus 49 more).
2. Severe Weather Alerts
Whenever weather agencies issue a local severe weather advisory for certain areas, Weather can send you notifications about it. It’s on by default, but you can turn off “Severe Weather” in the notification settings built into the Weather app.
Severe weather information is available on The Weather Channel for Australia, Canada, Japan, the United States and most countries and regions in Europe. Some users may receive severe weather alerts from various weather agencies through Apple Weather. Severe weather information is available from national weather services for Brazil, India, Mexico and Thailand. Severe weather information is available on QWeather for Mainland China.
3. Next hour precipitation alerts
There’s also a “next hour rainfall” toggle in the Weather app’s notification settings, which is enabled by default. You can turn it off, but you’ll get helpful rain and snow alerts for the next hour if you keep it on. Weather would already send you a notification when the rain or snow starts or stops, and it should continue.
Rainfall forecasts for the next hour and rainfall notifications are available for Ireland, UK and USA. The information is provided by Apple using data from national weather services.
4. Alert settings are per location
Like in iOS 15, the Weather app lets you turn alerts on or off for each location in the app’s notification settings. Instead of just one toggle for each city, there are now two for the new Severe Weather and Next Hour Precipitation alerts, but only in supported locations.
5. Tap Modules to open more details
You can now tap any module in the Weather app to open a detailed view with more information. Apple populates the view with data from the Dark Sky weather service that Apple acquired in 2020, which is integrated with the new WeatherKit API for third-party developers (see below for more information).
Previously, you could only expand the Air Quality module, but now you can also expand the Hourly Forecast, 10-Day Forecast, UV Index, Wind, Precipitation, Sensation, Humidity, Visibility, Pressure, and Sunrise/Sunset modules. Sun. For example, the Sunrise/Sunset module now expands to show a larger graph, key times (first light, sunrise, sunset, last light, and full daylight), average times for previous months, etc
6. Air quality expanded view shows a map
You could already see an air quality map for a location by opening the Map module, but now there’s one built right into the expanded air quality module.
7. Hourly and 10-day forecasts for more modules
The Hourly Forecast and 10 Day Forecast modules are probably the most used tools in the Weather app, but you can only see limited information in a single chart for each. For example, the 10-Day Forecast module displays only the day, the conditions icon, high and low temperatures, and temperature range colors.
You still see them in iOS 16, and you can tap on them to see more detailed data. But tapping on the UV Index, Wind, Precipitation, Sensation, Humidity, Visibility, and Pressure modules will also display hourly and 10-day forecasts.
8. Quickly switch between modules in the detailed view
You don’t need to tap on each module individually to open its hourly and 10-day forecast – just use the drop-down selector in the extended view to switch between temperature, UV index, wind, precipitation, sensation, humidity, visibility, and pressure.
9. There are forecast maps for the next hour
In iOS 15, when you open a location’s map in Weather from the Map module or from the Map icon in the bottom corner, you’ll see the “12 Hour Forecast” player controls for precipitation. The map automatically syncs with the timeline so you can see the movement of the cloud. If you don’t see it, tap the layers icon and select “Precipitation”.
What is different in iOS 16 is that there is also a “Next hour forecast” view. For me, it always shows it first, and I have to press “next hour forecast” in the controls to switch to the 12 hour option.
10. There is finally an iPad version!
In June 2020, Craig Federighi said that Apple could easily scale its existing iPhone Weather app for iPadOS, but would rather create a great iPad Weather app than just resort to a scaled app. . That time has finally come.
I could see how scaling the iOS 15 Weather app for iPadOS would be less than exciting, but now that iOS 16 has incorporated more data and graphics, a scaled version has had to meaning for iPadOS 16.
11. WeatherKit for third-party apps
Third-party apps and services can now leverage data from Apple Weather with the new WeatherKit API powered by Dark Sky forecast technology. Apple acquired the Dark Sky weather service in 2020.
WeatherKit is powered by the all-new Apple Weather service, a state-of-the-art global weather forecast that provides all the data you need to power your app with timely, hyperlocal weather information. This allows your app to offer current weather conditions and a 10-day hourly forecast for temperature, precipitation, wind, UV index, and more. Minute-by-minute rainfall for the next hour and severe weather alerts are available for some regions.
WeatherKit provides up to 500,000 API calls each month with an Apple Developer subscription, but anything above that will cost between $49.99 and $999.99 per month.
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