The headline features are improvements to the Pro packages: Tier One subscribers gets 30 frames of radar animation (up from 20) and Tier Two subscribers get SPC outlooks, local storm reports, and server sent events for radar images1.
However, my favorite feature is the revamped Apple Watch app. You can now display (and animate) radar images from your watch without needing to kick the work back to your phone2. I am not without my phone too often, but it is great to know I can check on the radar if I leave my phone at home.
Last night I was out for a run with just my Apple Watch and my AirPods when I got an alert that the National Weather Service just issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch. I was able to pull up the radar to see if there were any storms in the area instead of just ending my run early. The skies were still clear, so I was able to finish.
You can find the full release notes at the company site and you can find the app on your favorite App Store. Be sure to try out a Pro plans to see the new feeds!
- Basically, our server tells the app when a new image is available instead of the app polling every minute to ask. So new images will show up faster when you have Pro Tier Two. ↩
- This features was build specifically for the LTE Apple Watches, but it will actually work on any of the models if they are connected to a WiFi network. ↩