Lock Screen Weather for iPhone does what it says with a catch

Lock Screen Weather for iPhone does what it says with a catch
With iOS 5, heaps of new and much needed features were added to Apple’s mobile platform, but one thing we wish was there - dynamic weather updates straight from your lockscreen - remained something third-party app creators had to do. And the Lock Screen Weather for iPhone does just that for a mere $0.99. 

Now, here’s a quick summary of its features:


  • Current weather conditions on your lock screen
  • An optional five day weather forecast.
  • Support for tens of thousands of cities around the world.
  • Current weather and future forecasts updated regularly.
  • Both Fahrenheit and Celsius units supported.
  • An original set of weather graphics for every conceivable weather condition.

The idea sounds great, but there’s a caveat. In order to work all the time and give you dynamic weather updates, the Lock Screen Weather app plays a sound file in the background all the time. So basically this app relies on the way iOS handles album art - dynamically updated for every track, but instead of album art you get the weather forecast. Neat idea, but after all this is a battery drain, and doesn’t play well when you want to play your own music at the same time. 

Sadly, this would also mute all notifications except for calls, and you might want to keep those. But we should admit it’s a very clever workaround and hopefully would prompt Apple to bring us real time weather from the lockscreen in a future iOS update.


source: RedmondPie 

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48 Comments

1. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Apple & multitasking, never a good combo. It's like oil & water! They hate each other. Hey but at least the iPhone is smooth! lol

2. DetroitTech

Posts: 66; Member since: Nov 02, 2011

What a backasswards OS. I swear. This is something that has been possible since forever and works on a bunch of other mobile platforms. But for some reason the "geniuses" at Apple seem to think it's not a good idea.

4. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

I know what you mean. To have this on your iPhone you need to sacrifice all your notifications but calls. Something so simple shouldn't have to be so hard on Apple's devices. This is soon going to be 2012 & STILL Apple can't get it right! lol

5. Astreo

Posts: 105; Member since: May 05, 2011

sorry but if i want to check the weather i just pull down my notification bar. its not hard to do. i cant believe people have gotten so lazy that they cant do a one step process anymore. aside from that i guess the most important thing for android is if you can see the weather? cool...i guess?

8. SlimSoulja86

Posts: 660; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

@Astreo I dont know if you're joking or playing plain stpd, to do that, u have to unlock you iphone then pull down the notification bar. Huge difference. We live in a world where we want a quick access to something instead of going thru 10 steps to get there, plus iOS was meant to make thing easier so that even the idiot who doesnt know how to use a smartphone will be able to work iPhone. #iPhoneNeedsSomeBoostingWithSimpleTechnology #JustMyOwnOpinion #StillLoveMyiPhoneThough

13. ZayZay

Posts: 571; Member since: Feb 26, 2011

I still can't figure out how to press back on the iphone lol. Call me stupid but I keep pressing that little circle at the bottom. iphone is easy to us for every one but ZayZay!

20. Socalvenom unregistered

so I guess were to lazy and stupid to unlock the screen and read a message or make an appointment on the calender that we need Siri to do it for us? What's next the iphones gonna wipe our asses when we s**t because we don't wanna go through a ten step process? To me ever since people started using more and more smart phones over the years they have become tweens that are locked on their phone screens while they walk down the street paying no attention to their surroundings and getting his by a car but the best one is that no one types complete sentences everyone from 10 to 70 year olds people use acronyms. I own an iphone 4 but you wont see me getting hit by a car any time soon as a walk down the street three block to my local 7-11

23. ZayZay

Posts: 571; Member since: Feb 26, 2011

Can't stand when people almost run into me walking because their eyes are glued to there screen. Texting and walking causes accidents.

25. Socalvenom unregistered

that s**ts annoying and then they bump into you and they get offended cause they think you bumped into them!!

46. thephoneguy92

Posts: 191; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

This post just went from people being to lazy to use their phones to getting hit by a car. I don't know how you managaed to successfully segway into that, but kudos. But on topic, I think you are being a little to paranoid about this. It's called evolution. You don't see people getting upset when cars came around, because it made life easier then walking everywhere.

36. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

sorry but i counted two steps.. how about if an apple user wants to access a calculator? two step on ios, 3 step on android.. it is really just a difference of apps then widgets or widgets than apps.. its a big fundemental difference that really isnt very different for the user

31. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

Oh maybe because it sucks battery life and slows down the OS, much like the precious buggy Android phones.

40. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Suck down battery life? I don't know a SINGLE person who can get a full 2 days from an Iphone 4s no matter WHAT they do, I get 2 FULL days from my RAZR, and occasionally get 3 FULL days, I'll take a picture for you next time it happens. On topic; Downloaded the app on my Itouch, pretty, hope Apple incorporates it into iOS 6

15. shafboy

Posts: 179; Member since: Sep 26, 2010

Haha WIndows Phone is smooth and is good at multitasking. Try it out...

16. ZayZay

Posts: 571; Member since: Feb 26, 2011

"Insert generic hate windows, love apple" comment here.

3. derricob

Posts: 25; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

Well it's a good start. Kinda sucks that it costs, but hey that's iOS apps for you. I have had this for at least 9 months for FREE on my HTC Sense devices (EVO 4G and EVO 3D), and it doesn't interfere with my music/sounds.It does drain the battery a lil, but that's coo too because I have a back up battery I can just pop in on the go.

6. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

I dont know about you guys but why would i want the weather on my screen when i just look outside my windows and..is right there for me....

9. SlimSoulja86

Posts: 660; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

No Comment, At all, as in None.

10. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

why even have a weather app?

12. don1329

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 30, 2011

I know right. Might as well just stop showing the weather on the news or reporting about it at all. I mean bc I can just look out my window and its right there for me...

22. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

I get what you are saying gallitoking. I use a weather app just to see how the weather will be tomorrow or 2 to 3 days from now. Also I travel a lot for work so I need to see what the weather is like in other cities across the U.S. To me a weather app is very convenient & an absolute must. Way better than flipping to the Weather Channel.

32. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

Lol, well said. That stung a lot of Android fans.

37. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

Isn't one of the defenses of Apple products that because people want them that makes them the right choice? After all, they claim that people really don't 'wan't' Android phones, they're just more affordable right? Well, the same could be said of the weather and it's apps/programs. Most people want them, actually want them, therefore weather apps are a necessary product. Believe it or not, the weather is still one of the largest topics of conversation in the world.

41. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

You're right, lets take all the weatherman out back and beat the crap out of 'em!

47. chadrick0814 unregistered

The weather is only useful if you're asking sir I if you need an umbrella.

7. iKingTrust

Posts: 716; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

Why do I need the weather on my lock screen? This is a dumb app

11. tacohunter

Posts: 408; Member since: Nov 06, 2011

I agree with you two, there's no need for this app.

14. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

Really? I have a widget on my homescreen that displays the weather and if I could have that on my lock screen I would... What's dumb about it? Almost every morning my girlfriend asks me what it's like outside so she knows how to dress, it's convenient enough already that I only have to unlock the phone but if I didn't even have to do that it would be that much easier.

17. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

To whoever gave me thumbs down... i'm sorry your iPhone doesn't do widgets. When it finally can then you will realize how useful they are.

19. iKingTrust

Posts: 716; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

its ok bro dont have a cow. You sound hurt. Thats not enough of a use for me to havit on my love screen. All I have to do is slide down Notification center.

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