“Aero” is a very promising app. It takes its inspiration of design elements from iOS 7 – Apple’s upcoming iOS update. The fonts that it uses are thin, well presented and the text itself is, most importantly, relevant. The developer seems to have adopted Apple’s ethos of removing clutter, and keeping only the information you need on-screen. I must admit, to begin with, I was slightly baffled by the squiggly line near the bottom of the screen; it didn’t take me long to figure out that it was the temperature chart overview for the five-day forecast. (This is actually mentioned in the preview images in the app store, but I downloaded this app at about 23:00, so I was too tired to figure it out).
The parallax effect that they’ve replicated from iOS 7 is beautiful. I actually haven’t been lucky enough to try iOS 7 yet, so I can’t compare the scale of movement with that of iOS 7, but the stars did move and I did find myself entertained from it for about 5-10 minutes. The app itself runs in full-screen mode, which is a godsend. It makes it so much more appealing to use. Going from top to bottom, you’ll see; the time, the temperature, current conditions, humidity/wind/pressure, the squiggly line I mentioned and then your five-day outline.
One aesthetic that I don’t like is the absolutely scorching use of the colour orange. I’m not personally a fan of mega-vibrant colours, especially when it doesn’t really match the actual weather conditions. For example, when it’s clear, it makes sense. But when it becomes “partly cloudy”, the sky is orange, the bottom is purple and then the clouds come in. It just doesn’t look right, and, yet, they’ve nailed the look for nighttime. This, for me, is where it falls inferior to what-will-be the new weather app in iOS 7. The weather condition fundamentally dominates the entire screen, and the colours look appropriate. This may just be me being fussy, but that’s what I’m here for, right?
Pressing the list-style button in the top left will slide in a pane for your configuration. Here is where you add your locations and set up the other toggles which I’ll go through now. One thing I love about this app is that it allows you to set the temperature to appear on the app icon on your home screen – an advantage over iOS’. I had read that some users online were having trouble getting this to work, but once it’s enabled, all you have to do is go in to the Settings app on your iPhone, head over to notifications, scroll down to “Aero” and then enable the “badge app icon” – this is obviously just a bug where it doesn’t enable it for you autonomously. That shouldn’t take long for them to fix. And oddly, I have not received one push notification with regards to this app, so I’m not entirely sure what it’s meant to be telling me…
The clock-style button in the top right is your hourly breakdown. I really like the simplistic interface that they’ve used for this, and I also love the fact that it states the time for sunrise and sunset, just in case you’re like Princess Fiona from Shrek, and you need to get inside really quickly. I would integrate the use of gestures in to this app, though, unless they already have for iOS 7. It would be more convenient to swipe to either side to reveal the different screens, then they would be able to occupy the whole screen as opposed to hovering over the main overview.
For the first version of this app, it’s stunning. It performs beautifully, and it has included some great insights in to iOS 7 as well as features that some users have been begging for from a weather app. For me, the improvements would be a more accurate choice of colouring, a 10-day forecast option and the implementation of gestures. Oh, and to fix the push notifications. So, if you’re reading Robert, you could be on to a 5* here.
Overall rating; 3.5/5