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  • Developers Outsmart Apple Get "Lock Screen Weather App" Into App Store



    Displaying information on iOS’s lock screen is old hat for jailbreakers, but Apple appears to have approved an App that brings weather information to the lock screen of non-jailbroken devices.

    Apple normally doesn’t allow applications, even their own, to display information on the lock screen. Apple’s own weather widget in the notification center can’t even display information on the lock screen. How “Lock Screen Weather App” pulled a fast one on Apple is actually quite simple.

    The app actually plays a silent song through the built-in iPod app and then displays the album art in the lock screen. However, the album displays the weather forecast based on your location and comes complete with a five-day outlook. The workaround manages to side step Apple’s rules regarding the lock screen and how apps interact with other programs.

    Sadly if the this app is activated no other audio can be output through the device’s headphone jack. So users must weigh their need to know the weather against their love of music as both aren’t mutually inclusive. Also, because the music player is constantly "playing", even if that playing is inaudible, battery life might take a hit.

    Lock Screen Weather App is currently available in the App Store for $.99, but knowing Apple they could rewrite the rules and pull the app before the weekend is out. Then again, Apple did approve an app titled “Lock Screen Weather App.”

    Thanks to Dennis for the tip!
    Source: iDownloadBlog
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Developers Outsmart Apple Get "Lock Screen Weather App" Into App Store started by Phillip Swanson View original post
    Comments 25 Comments
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      I think it's funny how people who say Apple copies Android fail to see that Android copied anything from iOS.
    1. fidosam's Avatar
      fidosam -
      Did you change iPhone's recently? I got the same message when I changed my 4 to the 4S.



      Quote Originally Posted by dxe View Post
      App works great - in settings you can turn off the music so battery drain is not a concern..

      One thing I noticed is that I got an email from apple after the purchase:

      Dear YourNameHere

      Your Apple ID, myid.apple.com, was just used to purchase Lock Screen Weather from the App Store on a computer or device that had not previously been associated with that Apple ID.

      If you made this purchase, you can disregard this email. It was only sent to alert you in case you did not make the purchase yourself.

      If you did not make this purchase, we recommend that you go to iforgot.apple.com to change your password, then see Apple ID: Tips for protecting the security of your account for further assistance.

      Regards,
      Apple
    1. slickric's Avatar
      slickric -
      Only issue I have with this is the music... not for the battery drain but because I use the iPod/music app every day on the way too/from work if they update with the option to not have music playing I would grab it for sure
    1. hapishyguy's Avatar
      hapishyguy -
      Just wait. Now apple will make this as a new feature in their next release or iphone 5 and then will pull down this app from the app store claiming their own idea.
    1. dfheje's Avatar
      dfheje -
      Quote Originally Posted by hapishyguy View Post
      Just wait. Now apple will make this as a new feature in their next release or iphone 5 and then will pull down this app from the app store claiming their own idea.
      You make it sound like this app was the first person, company, developer, whatever to make a lockscreen weather app.