There’s something weird happening with the Apple Weather app for iOS, the stock one that you have probably replaced with a better one anyhow. But I digress; accuracy matters no matter what the situation.
My wife gets the credit for noticing it first. Note the photo to the left and the time of sunset. Also note that this is Chicago, not the Arctic. And while the sun sets pretty late in the middle of summer, it never quite gets to 11 p.m. You’ll also note that the sunrise is listed as just after noon. When I tried it on my phone originally, I didn’t see the problem. But today I do. Same thing as my wife.
So I started to do a little digging and uncovered something interesting. There aren’t a lot of reports about it in a quick Google search and a search of Apple’s discussion forums, but there are a few. And the ones that are there mention two things:
• This just started last Thursday or Friday (or at the very least that’s when anyone started noticing it)
• It only seems to affect cities that are in the Central Time Zone. And I can concur, because no other cities are affected.
The data for the Apple Weather app comes from the Weather Channel, so I thought — and still think — it’s some kind of data error that’s causing it. However, if you go to the Weather Channel app and enter Chicago, the information is correct.
I’ve checked the date and time settings on both of our phones and I know there’s nothing abnormal about those. Everything is just how it’s supposed to be. And there hasn’t been any problem with timestamps for email or alarms sounding at the right time. This is limited to this particular data for a very small subset.
In the few hours since I started writing this up, I notice that the information is now correct. However the problem is it was correct when my wife handed me her phone last night and wrong again this morning. So it seems to be going back and forth.
Many of you might not care because you use another weather app. I do, so I technically shouldn’t care. But with me, it’s all about the principle. It’s supposed to just work, because that’s Apple’s way.
Have you noticed anything weird about your sunrise and sunset times?
But here’s another good reason to keep this app buried in a folder with the rest of the useless Apple apps. More on that in a future post.