I know that there are already a butt billion (new kind of number, keep up!) posts where I start off saying “it’s such a hassle tapping this and then that…uuuuuugh”. Well, you’ll be glad to know this isn’t one of those posts. I was scrolling down a long list of free Rock Your Phone applications […]
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Quick Look: Weather Icon, a free jailbreak weather widget for iPhone

JAiB reviews Weather Icon

I know that there are already a butt billion (new kind of number, keep up!) posts where I start off saying “it’s such a hassle tapping this and then that…uuuuuugh”. Well, you’ll be glad to know this isn’t one of those posts.
I was scrolling down a long list of free Rock Your Phone applications recently when I stumbled upon something called Weather Icon. Upon closer inspection I learned that the app could report the local temperature right on springboard so I would never even have to leave the home screen.
I’ve actually always wondered about why the weather icon was static. I mean, c’mon Apple, do you really expect me to believe that every single day is sunny and 73 degrees Fahrenheit just because I have an iPhone? Right. Try telling me that in the dead of Canadian winter when my fingers are frozen
Whatever. Now that I’ve got Weather Icon loaded, I’ll never have to tolerate your fake weather report on my Springboard ever again!


weather icon settings
Set up
Once installed, the Weather Icon settings actually lie in the iPhone settings. You can set the app to work with your default weather app, but there is also support for 11 other weather applications (Sorry Patrick, no World Weather). Besides changing the actual application icon, you can also display the current temperature on the status bar or even as a badge above the weather icon. I’m currently using the badge on top of WeatherEye, and have the current “feels like”temperature (which takes elements like wind chill into account) refreshing every six hours.

notice the status bar temperature, too

notice the status bar temperature, too

I love Weather Icon
Just in case it wasn’t evident in the section header, I think Weather Icon is a pretty awesome free app with great utility. I’ve been testing it out for about three or four days now and haven’t noticed any major drain on battery (it updates only four times a day!), and I really like the ability to see a bright red badge to show me the temperature. It’s a simple Springboard modification that really goes a long way.  Short of a GPS-related push notification, the weather really  couldn’t be more in my face, and the iPhone just feels a lot smarter for feeding me relevant information automatically instead of my having to launch application to find something out. I think I’ve just found another name to drop when people ask me “why jailbreak?”.

Weather Icon is a free jailbreak app. You can pick it up through Cydia or Rock Your Phone.

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