"Shine," a new weather app for the iPhone

May 15, 2011

Yesterday, Ryan Gomba, the developer of Shine, asked if I'd like to give it a go. Never being one to turn down the chance to save $1, I jumped at the opportunity.

It's a nice app, and probably the fastest-updating weather app I've seen. I think it's pretty (there's a slight Tapbots vibe to it, which I like), smart (e.g., flick up to see hourly forecasts, flick left to see daily forecasts) and, thankfully, simple (e.g., it shows just current temp, high/low temps, chance of rain and wind speed). Also, I'm a fan of the icon.

I, of course, did have some problems with the app and relayed those to Ryan, who said that some of the things I mentioned would be resolved in v1.1, which will be available soon.

A couple of things I would like to see, and which I haven't mentioned to Ryan are 1) a "feels like" option (see the bottom of this post if you've no idea what I'm talking about); and 2) the option to display the current temperature as a badge on the icon (a la Fahrenheit, and now WeatherSnitch too).

I can't wait to see how this app progresses.

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