The launch of iOS 15 last year brought overall improvements to Apple’s iPhone operating system. This significant update came with an overhaul of several apps installed by default on the operating system, including the popular iPhone Weather app.
Some of these new features are pretty hard to miss. For example, we’ve found the colored bar with a small white dot to be quite handy over the past few months. This point tells you where the current temperature falls relative to the high and low temperatures expected for the day – the same point can be seen on the UV scale and sunset times.
Of course, the above is a mostly self-explanatory upgrade that can be spotted simply by booting up the latest version of the Weather app. However, you might not know that some of the most useful features added by iOS 15 are actually hidden behind a chain of menus. This includes the new interactive weather map, which you can see in action in the video below.
This weather map can be used to show the current temperature in different parts of the world. It can also be set to compare air quality levels. Perhaps its most useful feature is the ability to view precipitation forecasts for the next 12 hours and watch rain clouds move across the globe using an interactive slider.
This weather map is definitely worth experimenting with for the novelty factor alone. But if you don’t know how to access it, you’ve come to the right place. Below is a step-by-step guide to accessing this nifty new feature of the iPhone Weather app. When you’re done here, find out how to mirror iPhone to your TV and our list of 17 hidden iPhone features that will make your life easier.
How to Access the iPhone Weather Interactive Map
1. Launch the Weather app. This should be installed by default on your iPhone. To ensure you have access to the latest features, make sure you have the latest version of iOS installed in the Settings menu.
2. From the home page of the Weather application, click on the map icon in the lower left corner of the screen.
3. This will display the interactive weather map. It will be set to display the default temperature.
4. Tap the icon of three squares stacked on top of each other in the upper right corner to switch to a map showing precipitation or air quality.
5. If you select Precipitationyou can use the slider at the bottom of the screen to scroll through the forecast for the next 12 hours. This is useful for seeing exactly when and where rain is expected. However, note that this is only a prediction and may not be completely accurate.
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