â€œI donâ€™t love you. Youâ€™re not very special at all.â€� Thatâ€™s the sort of (de)motivational humor you can expect from Carrot Weatherâ€™s homicidal artificial intelligence. The weather app that loves to hate you just got a major overhaul on iPhone and iPad, and itâ€™s prettier, meaner, and freer than ever. Yeah thatâ€™s right, you can get Carrot Weather for free now!
Until now, Carrot Weather for iPad and iPhone had an upfront cost just to experience how mean it can be. But starting with Carrot Weather 5.0, thatâ€™s gone in favor of (more) subscription tiers. In the past youâ€™d pay Carrot Weather and get all the basic features, then subscribe for extra more data intensive options.
But with the new shift you can enjoy the bare minimum basics for free. Youâ€™ll also get â€œads,â€� but right now it doesnâ€™t display any real products. At least, we hope those assassin ads arenâ€™t real. According to the developer,Â Brian Mueller, he will stick in some ads for indie developers as a way to â€œgive back to the awesome developer community.â€� He isnâ€™t even charging for those ads.
But naturally, he does reserve the right to include real ads later. Mueller promises never to sell or share your data though, even if he starts showing real ads. In the mean time, the fake ads detract slightly from the look of Carrot Weather, but manage to introduce some humor along the way.
The entire app got a makeover, including new icons built from scratch. You have far more customization options, too, which will allow you to create an interface suited for your needs. According to Mueller, you can â€œ[a]dd new components, rearrange them, change their design, insert additional data points, and more.â€�
But, youâ€™ll have to subscribe to get customization features, along with widgets, notifications, alternative weather sources, and so on. Starting with Carrot 5.0, you have three subscription tier options:
- Premium ($4.99/month or $19.99/year) provides additional features like weather data sources, notifications, customization, widgets, and Apple Watch complications.
- Premium Ultra ($9.99/month or $39.99/year) includes all the features of Premium, plus rain, lightning, and storm cell notifications (where available), a weather maps widget, and quick data source switching.
- Premium Family ($14.99/month or $59.99/year) includes all the features of Premium Ultra, with the added benefit of being shareable with up to five family members via Appleâ€™s Family Sharing service.
And if youâ€™re a previous subscriber or you bought the app in its early days, donâ€™t fret. Mueller says youâ€™ll keep all your existing features, even if its now in a tier you werenâ€™t subscribing, too.
If youâ€™re upgrading, youâ€™ll likely notice the new vortical layout. That change means a bit scrolling, but itâ€™s not longer an â€œeverything packed in tightâ€� affair. And as always, looking around for Easter Eggs will lead to plenty of reward.
Carrot Weather 5.0 is out now on iOS, and an Android and Mac version will follow later.
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