Date Archives June 2015

Atmos for iOS Review

It’s no secret there’s an abundance of weather-related apps on the App Store.

Considering most of them pull data from the same sources, it’s hard for one to stand out from the rest. However, one of them did – and that app is Atmos.

Atmos is a beautifully-designed weather app for iPhone and watchOS.

Immediately upon launching the app, you’re greeted with a simple on-boarding process which ends with you viewing the weather for your current location.

The main view of the app is extremely clean. An over-sized temperature reading sits right at the top of the app, with forecast summaries below. While I’m by no means a weather ‘nut’, I like to be informed and Atmos has been a great help. Before heading off to work, the thorough 24-hour temperature/precipitation slider makes it easy to see what the day has in store.

I’m amazed by the level of detail Enormego put into designing Atmos. One example of this is the custom status bar. Unlike any app I’ve seen before, Atmos uses it’s own status bar instead of the traditional one baked into iOS. While this has some trade-offs (no cellular signal for one), it has some major benefits. One of these benefits is the ability for Atmos to change the status bar time depending on the location of the forecast you’re viewing. 

Beyond the app itself, Atmos features a fantastic Today Widget and watchOS app/glance.

First, the Today Widget. It’s completely customizable to display the information important to you. The coolest part? It will hide expected precipitation and show it only when rain is expected.

Second, the watchOS app/glance is useful and displays all necessary information on your wrist. Regardless, I still found myself using the default weather app on my Apple Watch as it’s currently the only one which can link to the weather complication.

Overall, Atmos is a fantastic weather app for iOS and watchOS. Its has taken the ‘weather app throne’ from Yahoo! Weather and earned a spot on my homescreen.

As ugly as the weather can be in Canada, Atmos makes it look beautiful.

You can download Atmos on the App Store for $2.99 ($3.49 CAD).

NY Times Profile On Zane Lowe

If you didn’t already know, Zane Lowe is one of four DJs on Apple’s upcoming Beats 1 radio station. I’ve watched a few of his artist interviews on YouTube, and I must say they are fantastic.

He connects with artists on a very personal level, which is why I’m incredibly excited his first guest is none other than Eminem.

Apple’s Lisa Jackson Promoted

Lisa Jackson, former head of the Environmental Protection Agency and Apple’s top executive on environmental issues, will become the company’s lead on all policy initiatives, including the environment, education and accessibility. Her new title will be the vice president of environment, policy and social initiatives.

In a memo to employees, Apple chief executive Tim Cook said that Jackson’s new role is in line with the company’s dedication to “leaving the world better than we found it.”

Another sign Apple isn’t fooling around when it comes to their environmental initiatives.