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Forecast for Revamped Weather Channel iPhone App Looks Bright

If you get your weather updates from your smartphone, you might want to check out the Weather Channel’s revamped iPhone app.

It’s the first major redesign of the app since 2009, and brings a sleeker design and more personalization and social features.

The changes are apparent as soon as you open the app, where you’re presented with a more visual representation of the current weather. For example, if it’s sunny, the background image shows blue skies; if it’s rainy, the image displays raindrops. You can also customize the background with a favorite photo.

In addition to the visual improvements, the main page now features controls for quicker access to more detailed weather information and the ability to search for other locations. If you have more than one location saved to the app, you can simply swipe left or right on the screen to see the forecast for the other cities.

Finally, a new camera button on the front page allows you take a snapshot of the weather at your location and then share it via Facebook, Twitter, or the Weather Channel.

The updated version of the free, ad-supported Weather Channel app for the iPhone and iPod Touch is available now through the App Store.


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