iOS has an incredible number of options when it comes to weather apps. For Australian users Pocket Weather remains the one to beat.
- Hourly temperature updates for NSW, Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia
- Automatic forecast updates based on your current location
- Push warnings for BOM weather alerts
- Tide data included and accessible offline
- Full set of Australian rain radars
- Satellite maps and synoptic charts
- Forecast data included on app badge
Pocket Weather gets its data directly from the Australian Bureau of Meteorology, meaning that it’s more accurate and timely than most rivals. Add in hourly forecasts (ranging out to six days) and detailed knowledge of local suburbs, wrap it up in a straightforward card interface, and you have a much more functional weather source than the built-in iOS options.
The only real complaint we’ve ever heard about Pocket Weather is the price. $1.99 isn’t expensive, but some users were upset when last year’s new version didn’t offer a free upgrade for existing customers. Given the price and the feature set (and the need for developers to earn a crust), we can’t see that as a major complaint.
There are lots of weather apps on the iPhone that suit different needs. The other popular free apps — AccuWeather, The Weather Channel and Weather Underground — are good alternatives if you don’t want to pay for a locally-oriented version.
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