Even though every iPhone comes with built-in Weather app, which is very functional and nicely designed as well, this hasn’t stopped developers from trying to offer their own versions of weather apps through the iOS App Store, both as free and paid applications.
When it comes to these apps, they usually go in one of two possible directions, which is the only way to gain some appeal and become competitive against Apple’s own Weather app. Most of these apps try to bring simplistic design, or some kind of innovative gesture control, which will make them stand out. On the other hand, there’s another kind of weather apps which offer plenty of very detailed information, and these are usually quite cluttered and sometimes chaotic looking, but they bring functionality up to a whole new level.
In this article we are going to take a look at a new brand new weather app, which was published at the same time as the newest version of Apple’s iOS, and which showcases the principles of flat design. This app is called Perfect Weather, and if you browsed the iOS App Store in a last few days you’ve probably got the chance to see it, since Apple decided to promote it. It’s priced at $3.
Before explaining its interface, it’s important to say that Perfect Weather is available only for U.S. users since it pulls information from NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) for forecasts, current temperatures, and radar images and animations. Once you open Perfect Weather for the first time you’ll get a few examples of cities you can add, so tap on Edit and add your own cities. These are going to be showed as tabs, so you can flick through them like they’re cards nicely stacked onto each other. This app embraces principles of flat design, and is probably one of the best looking weather apps. It’s easy on eyes, very intuitive and simply fun to use.
When it comes to functionality, you can expect a comprehensive set of forecasts and other weather info, so it easily beats Apple’s own Weather app. On the other hand, this isn’t one for those weather apps made for power users who need very a detailed information. For example, you’ll get to see a 7-day forecast, the high and low temperatures, humidity, pressure, wind speed, and the rest of those standard information. There’s also a radar map, which uses Apple’s maps as a background.
When it comes to functionality, this apps doesn’t bring anything that new or innovative. Its biggest selling point is its beautiful design, and that’s enough to win most people over. There’s a very fine balance of usable information and amazing design to make the price of $3 look like a very good deal. Of course, you can use Apple’s own Weather app or Yahoo’s Weather to get the same information, so it all comes down to design and this is where Perfect Weather seems like the perfect choice.