updated 06:40 pm EDT, Thu October 18, 2007
Weatherbug iPhone App
WeatherBug has announced a new web app for iPhone and iPod Touch that streams localized weather information through Safari. Although just released, it has already become a Staff Pick, according to the Apple Web Apps page. The app offers international weather, a detailed 7 day forecast, radar, and camera images from WeatherBug tracking stations. The web app also allows users to set multiple locations, each with the aforementioned features.
The iPhone and iPod Touch, which are officially incapable of running native iPhone applications (without hacking), deliver a variety of data services based on Web 2.0 frameworks from within Safari. The downside is that users must be connected to a data source (i.e., internet) in order to run/execute the applications. While for iPhone users the EDGE network is always available network speed, application performance, and data roaming charges have been among the reasons the user community has been pushing for native applications.
Earlier this week, users--some of whom have already installed third-party applications through recent v1.1.1 hacks--welcomed Apple's recent announcement of official native application support (and a corresponding SDK for developers), which is expected in February of next year while Apple builds a secure platform.