Apple recently announced a major shift in how they treat free apps and I have been mulling over what it means to developers, in addition to end users.
In the past, "In-App Purchases", or the ability to add features to an app, were only available for paid apps. Free apps could not be upgraded, short of purchasing the paid version separately. Now, users of these free apps can purchase upgrades.
On one hand, more choices are a good thing. But I have some concerns.
How my world changed when I got an iPhone
I’m a refugee from the land of the dinosaur phone, where you hit a button three times to get a “C” and four times to get an “S.” You can imagine how my world changed when I got the iPhone. My first discovery was that the onscreen keyboard makes it a lot easier to compose and send e-mail or texts. I love that I can access my three e-mail accounts wherever I am. I no longer have to wait until I get to the office to be on top of the action.
Christine spoke about WeatherBug. “I believe that you should have information on when the storm will reach you. It is very important to determine how much time you have to get last minute items in order. The app that I find most useful for this is WeatherBug...”
WeatherBug allows users to keep on top of current conditions.
These iPhone apps and accessories will help you survive major or minor natural disasters
Owners of the iPhone appreciate its easy-to-use interface, functional Web browser, and the variety of apps available through iTunes, but one family from Carbondale, Illinois has a more important reason to love it. Earlier this year, Christine, Alan, Jordan and Claire Rankin had to endure some very harsh, Midwestern weather, which included high-speed winds, torrential rain, and baseball-sized hail. It damaged their home, and left the Rankin’s without power for over a week. I spoke with Christine afterwards, and she shared with me how the iPhone helped them get through this natural disaster.
Released earlier this year, AccuWeather also has a solid range of features. It automatically determines your location and offers an array of weather forecasts and other information. Features include animated radar and satellite info, 5-day local forecasts, hour-by-hour forecasts, weather videos, health weather indices (air quality, a flu index, etc.), graphs that show the probability of severe weather over the next eight hours, and weather alarms.
AccuWeather gives you an array of weather forecasts and other info.
This one is also on the top 20 list of free apps. The Weather Channel is rich with features, including location-based conditions and forecasts, in-motion radar maps, traffic cams (for selected areas), weather alerts, video forecasts, and the ability to customize the features and store your favorite locations.
The Weather Channel app gives you forecasts, weather alerts, in-motion radar maps, and more.
As a resident of Texas & someone who is generally interested in watching the weather, I was very happy to see WeatherBug for the iPhone. There are 2 versions available: WeatherBug (FREE) & WeatherBug Elite (.99c). Both are very good apps. I 1st had the free version, then upgraded to the Elite version so I could have ALL of the features.
Bright, sunny layout with lots of info
Given the sheer volume of weather information we have available these days, it is crucial for a mobile weather app to present this information in an easy-to-access layout.
AccuWeather.com has just announced a new application (free!) that automatically determines your location and offers an array of weather forecast information, as well as weather alarms and health indices.