If you’re like us, you probably check the weather app on your iPhone as soon as you wake up. If it gave you a blank screen this morning, it’s not because of your Wi-Fi. Apple’s systems have been having major problems all day.
But the service has been fixed after being off and on for more than half a day. But it’s still not clear if the Weather app itself needs a bigger fix to make sure it doesn’t happen again.
Apple’s System Status page said early Tuesday that the Weather app has been having “ongoing” problems since Monday at 11 p.m. ET, and that the service “may be slow or unreliable.”
Thank you for your patience. We are currently working on a solution for the Weather app outage and will post an update online here: https://t.co/waNYZdXpJm
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— Apple Support (@AppleSupport) April 4, 2023
Apple says that “some users are affected,” but anecdotal evidence, including Macworld’s own experience, shows that the problem seems to affect a lot of people. It also seemed to affect the Weather widget, which showed “No weather data” even when the app’s weather was correct.
Apple told people who asked about the Weather app on Twitter that they are “currently working on a solution and will post an update online.” Later in the afternoon, Apple’s status page was all green, and the warning sign was gone.
Some Macworld staffers have experienced on-and-off issues with the Weather app over the past several weeks. The app sometimes takes a long time to load or won’t load at all. A quick fix has been to close the app and open it again, but even that doesn’t always work.
So, even though Apple gave us the green light (it’s no longer yellow on Apple’s status page), it’s not clear if the app doesn’t need a bigger fix. Some reports said that an update to iOS 16.4.1 could be coming soon to fix the problem, which has apparently been happening for weeks. Apple doesn’t update its apps separately from the system, so any fix will have to come with an update to iOS.
It’s not the end of the world, though, because there are many ways to check the weather and get forecasts on your phone. But since Apple shut down the popular Dark Sky app on January 1, many more people are likely to use the stock iOS Weather app instead. It has many of the same features as Dark Sky. So, while it’s working right now, we’ll keep an eye out for any storms that might be coming.