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October 13, 2008

V1.1 Released To Apple

by shiftyjelly

We are happy to announce that version 1.1 of our application has been released to Apple. It contains many new features and bug fixes and should be an all-round smoother experience for all. It normally takes Apple about a week or so to review updates, so you will have to wait patiently until that’s done, but at least you can sleep tight knowing it’s on the way.

Normally we don’t respond directly to comments on iTunes, but lately it seems like the last 3 or 4 have all been very negative, and in all but one case a simple email to our email address, would have meant that we could have fixed the problem for them on the spot. Regardless of that, the main thing people need to understand is that we get our data from the Australian Bureau of Meteorology, and that they only issue 6 day forecasts for the larger towns and centers. If you live in a smaller town, you will probably find anything from a 1 to 4 day forecast for it. This is out of our hands, but there is an easy way around this: simply pick the largest town near you that has a more detailed forecast, and Bob’s your uncle, you’ll have a long range forecast, that is accurate for your area of the world. V1.2 will take the hassle out of doing this, by letting your GPS do the hard work, but for now, let your fingers do the walking.

Finally a quick note about how often our data is updated. Currently we update from the BOM every 5 minutes, and your phone updates itself in 2 ways. If you’re not on version 1.1 yet, then your phone updates every time you’re on the location list screen. If you are on version 1.1 then your phone updates once on application launch, and then as many times as you want using the manual refresh button. This means that all things being equal, your data will never be more than 5 minutes old. We feel data updated every 5 minutes is a good balance between being kind to the BOM site, and having the latest data at your fingertips.

If you managed to get all the way to the bottom of this post, then accept our thanks. We hope you’ll continue to use and enjoy our software long after the memory of having paid a soul destroying $2.50 fades away…

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