App Directory: The Best Weather App For iOS

iOS has an incredible number of options when it comes to weather apps. For Australian users Pocket Weather remains the one to beat.

Pocket Weather

Platform: iOS Price: $1.99 Download Page

  • 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.

Lifehacker's App Directory is a growing directory of recommendations for the best applications and tools in a number of given categories.


Comments

    +1 for Pocket Weather. Its UI is an acquired taste, but it works really well, and uses the only worthwhile data source. Avoid any weather app coming out of the US. There are some beautiful ones, but they really don't give a stuff about anything beyond their borders. One of the most well-known ones still loudly trumpets its "accuracy", despite the developers being well aware that it's observations and forecasts are always way off for Australian locations.

    (Anyone who thinks $1.99 is too much for Pocket Weather is an idiot, by the way)

      Agreed. Well worth the measly $1.99

      Even if they put up their price till 4.99 I'd still pay for it.

        They're probably doing the best thing they can now by charging a modest fee, but making new versions into new apps that you need to pay for "again" (assuming they plan to continue doing the same).

        App Store developers are hamstrung by Apple's not having any upgrade pricing facility. I'm quite happy to give ShiftyJelly a couple of bucks every year or so for such good work.

    As I am in Western Australia that app will not work for me. I use WeatherZone+ It does all of the things the other app does (Minus the badging, tide data and pushing) and it works in Western Australia. Also: The forecast is updated every 10 minutes!

      Out of interest, what's the problem with PW in WA? I've used it there with no problems (but admittedly only for brief trips to Perth).

    I loved the old Pocket Weather. When they brought out the new Pocket Weather, I paid the $1.99 again because I'm more than happy to support these guys. Having said that, I still use the old version on my phone because it's less complicated, but I'm sure if I stopped being so lazy I could sit down for 10 minutes and wrap my head around the new interface.

    I believe (but dont quote me) that the old Pocket Weather is free on the app store now? It's listed as "PW Classic"

    I should also point out I bought Pocket Weather originally a few months after the iPhone 3G was first released in Australia - that's why I'm not upset about them asking for another $2 to keep going. It's had a very good run on my phone.

    I recommend the WeatherZone app - the data provider for The SMH, The Age, Daily telegraph among others.

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