Best iPhone news and weather apps

The iPhone has become the go-to gadget for picking up on stories quickly. Increased network speeds and ever richer ways of consuming news on your handset has allowed the phone to become a viable alternative to the PC or newspaper for catching up on events. So what are the best iPhone news and weather apps?

The iPhone already ships with a decent weather app, something which we usually check after catching up on the news. Problem is that it doesn't give more than a rough temperature estimate and a pretty little picture of the current weather (which is usually wrong). So spice up your weather predictions with these more in depth apps -  who knows, it might save you getting snowed on or hit by lightning. 

The BBC's app is a must for newshounds and an essential for any iPhone. Everything is jolly clear and is categorised into UK news, world news, politics, business, technology and sport. You can also stream the BBC news channel, which includes any news clips which have been embedded within stories. Once you're in a story you can scroll left to right and vice-versa to navigate - all of it feeling pretty snappy. There's also the option to share content through Facebook and Twitter if you wish. 

Using the edit function you can customise content and the clever chaps have also integrated a way of enlarging text. Altogether then, a decent all-rounder and for free it's definitely worth a go. Read More

iTunes: Link

Price: Free

Rating: 5/5

 

Weather HD

There may be better apps out there in terms of weather forecasts. There are probably apps with a lot more detailed and accurate satellite imagery. But you can bet your bottom dollar that there aren't any weather apps that look as stunning as Weather HD. After setting your location you can get weather forecasts in daily or three-hourly intervals with the forecast displayed with a superb, crisp-looking video. The best of these has to be this rain forecast - the video is crystal clear and is shot in such a beautiful way that the grass and rain drops almost look 3D.

If the forecast is for night-time then the videos are all shot at night. There are also various different videos for each scenario, so you won't always see the same one for cloudy, etc. The time is displayed as well, so if you set your iPhone on a frame, and left it on when you had friends over, then you'd have the sexiest digital clock/barometer going. It's a simple but very effective app that kind of shows off everything that is good about the iPhone. It's web connected, it's real time, it's easy to use and it just looks so damn cool. Read More

iTunes: Link

Price: 69p

Rating: 4/5

 

Newspapers

News addicts have been begging for something like this for quite some time. The application acts like an equivalent of iBooks for just about every newspaper in the world. You can dip into filtered content selections from broadsheets and tabloids and pick at the front page content or delve deeper into stories.

The brilliant thing is being able to follow a news story around the globe and see how each country covers it differently. At £0.69 it is an incredible resource, even going as far as including local news. If you can speak more than one language, then we don’t think Newspapers can be beaten.

iTunes: Link

Price: £0.69

Rating: 4/5

 

The Weather Channel

What could be better than real life sunshine? Virtual sunshine of course, in all its animated glory. Enter the Weather Channel’s app, which grabs the crown for the most overboard meteorological coverage we have ever seen.

This is something you could evade hurricanes with, or charter a flight to Timbuktu. You get a world map full to the brim with data and even hourly lists of every minute change.

iTunes: Link

Price:Free

Rating: 4/5

 

AP Mobile

Reading through Associated Press’s normal news feed, no matter how current, is not a particularly enjoyable experience online. The news wire’s website lacks a decent user interface, partly because those using it need only the info in the stories.

The AP News app on the iPad changes this, creating a rich experience that allows you to interact with all of the wire service’s global coverage. Video plays smoothly and the location-based news is a nice twist. 

iTunes: Link

Price:Free

Rating: 4/5

 

Flipboard

Flipboard is your personal magazine. Even the front cover is unique to you. Because, as well as gathering news from a number of prominent sources, it also scours your Facebook and Twitter data and presents that info as well.

And we're not talking about pages and pages of your friend's monotonous updates, we're talking about a personalised magazine in which the pages are made up of articles, videos and pictures already fetched from you from any links that appear in your social media streams. Read more

iTunes: Link

Price: Free

Rating: 4/5

 

Thomson Reuters News Pro

Like Associated Press, Reuters suffers from a fairly boring website but all is cured with its iPhone app. Nothing is lost in terms of content quality when transferred from online to smartphone, it is just a much nicer thing to browse. The app is also very responsive and speedy, which is what you want when looking through the kind of content Reuters sends out.

If you're a banker that likes to bank all day, then the Reuters app also has all sorts of stocks and markets tickers sitting on the home page. Photo fans also get a nicely updated stream of shots which come in from Reuter’s top snappers.

iTunes: Link

Price:Free

Rating: 4/5

 

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