Over the past few days a new weather app has been making quite a storm in the blogosphere (excuse the pun). The software was designed to create a radically new weather app without any fancy graphics, animations or in depth settings. Weather Neue sets itself apart from its competitors, and rightly so. There are far too many similar apps that show me five day forecasts, or give me some impressive high definition computer generated images of rain. If you want minimal, this will be right up your street.
Normally, when I review apps, I create a long, in-depth article. With this one I can’t. It only does one thing: show you the weather. The app has a very simple interface. Once you open it up, it automatically detects your location and downloads the most recent data for where you are. The temperature shows up in beautiful Helvetica typeface (the king of fonts). Side note: I’m pretty sure its the Neue version of Helvetica, but I’d need some font nerds to confirm that. Either way, it looks great.
Underneath the main temperature and weather display is a handful of extra stats: precipitation percentage (chance of rain), wind speed and wind direction. Underneath that is a 4 day forecast (including today’s). These just give you snippets of info: weather and temperature highs and lows. And that’s it. There’s no option to view more in-depth break downs, or longer forecasts. All you get is what you see on screen. There is a settings menu, but all that really offers is changing between metric and imperial measurements and changing the color scheme. I would say that’s the app in a nutshell, but, that’s the app in its entirety.
Now, compared to feature rich apps like Weather HD, it does look a little lacking. I tried for a few minutes to see if I could find more detailed information on the next few days’ predictions. Nothing. Then I realized: that’s exactly how it should be. The App Store is choc-full of Weather HD lookalikes, and others trying to cram in as much information as possible. To rethink by just giving you the only information you need right this second, it cuts away all the unnecessary decorations and gives you the very essentials with the most incredible clarity. It’s a stunning app, and is worth trying out at the very least. If you don’t like it, you’ve not wasted any money, you won’t have wasted any time, and it won’t take up a huge chunk of your storage space.
The app is available in the App Store for free, and is compatible with iPhone 3G, 3GS, 4, and 4S. It requires iOS 5.0 or later and will work with the iPad, but is not optimized for the tablet.