MILLIONS of iPhones hide an amazing map that reveals exactly where and when it’s going to snow.
So you’ll have every chance to take cover or put on a pair of gloves for your next snowball fight.
The little-known card is actually hidden in a stock Apple application.
And it’s essential for anyone who loves (or hates) winter snowfall – especially since Britain is ravaged by snow.
You will find the map in Apple Weather application.
Previously, the app was mocked for being rubbish, but it has received huge updates, which makes it noticeably better.
Part of it has to do with the fact that Apple bought the beloved Dark Sky weather app – and seems to have used some of that tech to improve the weather.
There are a lot of weather changes in the latest update, but one of the best features is the snow map.
And with winter upon us in the UK and US, it’s certainly one to watch.
Head to Settings > General > Software Update and make sure there is nothing to install. If you’re fully up to date, you’ll be on a version of iOS 16.
Now run the Weather appwhich is on your iPhone by default.
It’s a blue app with an image of the sun coming out from behind a cloud.
Go to the app and tap the map icon in the lower left corner.
Then tap the three squares stacked on top of each other in the top right.
Choose Precipitation and you can see a continuous forecast of snow and rain as it moves around you.
You can also zoom in or out for a better view.
When snow is imminent, you’ll see an icon in the middle of the map over your location.
This will report incoming snow and how far away it is.
Of course, you can also browse the timeline to see how precipitation moves where you live.
You can use the bar at the bottom of the screen to move through time.
And if it’s gone, just tap the screen to bring it back.
This will give you a very accurate idea of where the snow will fall.
And according to the colors of the precipitation (according to the table on the left), you will be able to see if it is heavy or light showers.
Of course, this is all predictive, so the map may not be completely accurate, but that’s always the case with the weather.
If you’re really interesting in the snow, you can even have your iPhone warn you when it’s about to start falling.
How to Enable Weather Alerts on Your iPhone
First, make sure you’re updated to iOS 15 – go to Settings > General > Software Update.
Next, give the Weather app your location information, otherwise it won’t work.
Go to Settings > Privacy > Location services > Weather and select Always.
You will receive even better alerts if you grant access to precise location.
Next, make sure the Weather app can send notifications.
Go to Settings > Notifications > Weather > Allow Notifications, then select the type of alerts you want.
Finally, you must then activate the weather alerts.
Go to the Weather app and choose the list icon at the bottom right.
At the top you will see an option called Stay Dry.
If it doesn’t appear, tap the three dots in the top right, then go to Notifications.
Tap Turn on notifications, then turn on the switch for My location.
Then tap Done in the top right and it should work.
Now you will receive a warning just before it starts raining where you are.
Weather app for iPhone – other tips
There are other maps that you can also enjoy in the iPhone Weather app.
A similar map in the same section reveals temperature using a heat map.
Thus, darker red signifies very hot temperatures, while blue signifies cold.
And there’s also an air quality map – which can be depressing if you live in a big city.
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