Sun is an awesome new weather web app for iOS

By , Jul 20, 2012

Developers are doing some downright amazing things with HTML5 as a late, and Sun is just the latest example of the ongoing trend.

First noted by 9to5 Mac, Sun is an HTML5 based web app for weather forecasts. It can handle up to 4 different cities at once, including a city based on your current location.

For fans of Clear — the popular task app for the iPhone, you’ll feel immediately at home with Sun, because it too relies on simple gestures for navigation.

Needless to say, I came away mighty impressed with Sun. I’ve always said that one way to tell a good web app is if you can’t tell it’s a web app. With Sun, you’d be hard pressed to do so…

Sun is the creation of uber talented web app and design specialist, Jakob Henner. Sun is clearly designed to look and feel exactly like a native iOS app, and it succeeds in doing so.

The remarkable thing about Sun, outside of the pretty visuals, is how smooth Henner was able to get the animations (tested on iPhone 4S and new iPad), both for swiping and pinching. It really is remarkable when you consider that this is running using mobile Safari.

Once launched, you’re greeted with an iconic visual of the weather for a particular area that dominates the screen. The weather icon is flanked in the background by colorful hues that make the simple interface stand out.

Most noticeably, is the fact that there are no buttons present within Sun — everything is performed using swipe or pinching gestures.

Swiping left or right allows you to switch between one of four cities, while pinching out reveals the weather statistics for an individual city. The weather information is very basic, meaning you’re not going to find a lot of verbose data, but it works.

You’re presented with a four-day forecast that includes a visual representation of what to expect that day: the high/low temperature, and a brief two to three word sentence describing the day. The current day features an extra bonus that factors in wind speed, but that’s about as deep as it gets.

Pinching in on the main location screen reveals global options for the app. Here you can assign up to three cities (not including your location based city), change units of measurement, and select from one of five themes.

The options are a bit sparse when compared with a traditional weather app, but at least they’re meaningful. It’s certainly impressive when you consider that this is an app that you acquired directly from the web.

Overall, I highly recommend using Sun. If you’re one of those who’s tired of the deluge of information offered by some weather apps, then Sun might be the breath of fresh air you’ve been longing for.

If you want to try Sun, then navigate to this page via mobile Safari. Once there, tap the share button at the bottom of the screen, and select Add to Home Screen. This will create a bookmark to a web app on your Home screen that’s devoid of the Safari interface.

Have you given it a shot yet? Oh, and don’t forget, it works well on iPad too.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/daniellidio Daniel Lídio

    I just tried in my iPhone 4 and wasn’t that great. Not at all smooth.

    • http://twitter.com/borhansci Borhan Salah

      Me too, Tried it on New iPad, didn’t like it

      • Gucciipad

        Tried it on the new works flawlessly n it’s my newest weather app

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001741911265 Alfonso Torres

      Tried it on my iPhone 2G and it is so smooth XD

    • http://twitter.com/nAcolz Acolz

      Tried it on my 3GS and runs really smooth

  • CollegiateLad

    It’s aesthetically pleasing and nice and simple.

  • http://twitter.com/vutdeefuck Radical Dickhead

    The wind speed, the speed of the wind lol

  • seyss

    Worked great here.. ipad3

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001741911265 Alfonso Torres

    Working 90% on the iPhone 2G
    It just doesn’t load the weather for your area :(

  • http://www.facebook.com/nihasnebas Nihas Nebas

    hey jeff…how come 4g??? is this some kinda trick or is it real?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001741911265 Alfonso Torres

      iOS 5.1 (with any iphone 4s on AT&T) hsps+=”4G” in at&t’s eyes XD

  • M_AlO

    Beautiful! Works great.

  • http://twitter.com/HernandezEnoc1 Enoc hernandez

    Wow I think is great…I might have to delete the weather chanell app :) I am going to use it for a few days and think about it..

  • http://www.facebook.com/dieselxdan Danny Nguyen

    Hey what is the name of tht theme ur using?

  • http://www.facebook.com/dieselxdan Danny Nguyen

    Works great love it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jenish2092 Jenish Kodwani

    Hello jeff, i have iphone 4s ,ios 5.1.1 and suddenly my location service stopped working..when i click on current location..it says it is unavailable…plzzz help..??is it may be i installed something from cydia???

  • http://twitter.com/leothelion96 Leonard Wong

    This is quite good stuff

  • http://twitter.com/HaXaPodds HaXaPoddS

    Lags alot

  • samdchuck

    This seems like yet another app that offers no functionality above the standard weather app from Apple.

    I just want Dark Sky for Europe.

  • http://www.facebook.com/LukasLutsch Lukas Lutsch

    cool

  • Dan

    I like the style but I will stick with WeatherEye (the old version from a year ago, I hate the new updated version). Imo, I like to know the humidity%, chances of rain and real feel when I look at the weather forecast.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lrathle Laurent Rathle

    I’ve tried it on my iPhone 4S and it works fine. Nice idea.

  • ZiiG

    May not lag with an A5 chip….but sure lags pretty bad on my iPhone 4.

  • http://twitter.com/iamdineshdharma Dinesh/Chindu

    Does anyone know how to change the cities?

  • http://www.facebook.com/gordon.smith.79274 Gordon Smith

    Daniel Lídio
    I just tried in my iPhone 4 and wasn’t that great. Not at all smooth.

    Alfonso Torres
    Tried it on my iPhone 2G and it is so smooth XD

    Acolz
    Tried it on my 3GS and runs really smooth

    Borhan Salah
    Me too, Tried it on New iPad, didn’t like it

    Gucciipad
    Tried it on the new works flawlessly n it’s my newest weather app

    Enoc hernandez
    Wow I think is great…I might have to delete the weather chanell app :) I am going to use it for a few days and think about it..

    CollegiateLad
    It’s aesthetically pleasing and nice and simple.

    macboy74
    Error can’t find location. Man I hate Verizon. Most reliable my ass. Can’t wait till next iPhone so I can go back to AT&T.

    HaXaPoddS
    Lags alot

    Dinesh/Chindu
    Does anyone know how to change the cities?

    ZiiG
    May not lag with an A5 chip….but sure lags pretty bad on my iPhone 4.

    Laurent Rathle
    I’ve tried it on my iPhone 4S and it works fine. Nice idea.

    Dan
    I like the style but I will stick with WeatherEye (the old version from a year ago, I hate the new updated version). Imo, I like to know the humidity%, chances of rain and real feel when I look at the weather forecast.

    Lukas Lutsch
    cool

    samdchuck
    This seems like yet another app that offers no functionality above the standard weather app from Apple.

    I just want Dark Sky for Europe.

    Leonard Wong
    This is quite good stuff

    Danny Nguyen
    Works great love it.

    Danny Nguyen
    Hey what is the name of tht theme ur using?

    M_AlO
    Beautiful! Works great.

    seyss
    Worked great here.. ipad3

    Radical Dickhead
    The wind speed, the speed of the wind lol

    Alfonso Torres
    Working 90% on the iPhone 2G
    It just doesn’t load the weather for your area :(

    Jenish Kodwani
    Hello jeff, i have iphone 4s ,ios 5.1.1 and suddenly my location service stopped working..when i click on current location..it says it is unavailable…plzzz help..??is it may be i installed something from cydia???

    Nihas Nebas
    hey jeff…how come 4g??? is this some kinda trick or is it real?

    Alfonso Torres
    iOS 5.1 (with any iphone 4s on AT&T) hsps+=”4G” in at&t’s eyes XD

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    Not working for me all I see is picture of white iPhone, no weather. Any ideas?
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  • http://www.facebook.com/gordon.smith.79274 Gordon Smith

    Sorry for last post. I meant to say that I tried the app and all I see is the pic of white iPhone, no weather. Any ideas

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000255285400 Raul Roman

    hi Jeff, when you added the html app to your home screen, what tweak are you using that lets you view your options in thumbnails, instead of stock listing?

    • Tim Johnson

      It’s iOS 6

  • Tim Johnson

    You have to turn on location services in your settings

    • macboy74

      It’s on still don’t work. No worries.

  • http://www.facebook.com/randomize133 Adrian Salcedo

    the first time i tried sun it was horrible and always lagging but when i restored my ipod due to a failing tweak i reinstalled it and it was very smooth worked great

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