Apple’s Weather app refuses to show the nicest temperature

it’s not so good

If you’re an iPhone user, the weather is always a particularly nice 70 degrees. or 68 degrees. Any temperature but 69 degrees, really, because it turns out that the built-in weather app on some versions of iOS — including the current version, iOS 14.6 — will refuse to display Internet’s favorite number, even if the actual temperature of a place is actually 69 degrees.

It’s unclear whether this is a bug or a deliberate attempt by Apple to downplay 69-related humor. Rounding is visible only in the Weather app: by clicking on Apple’s source data The proper temperature will show, as does Apple’s home screen widget.

Actual source data from the Weather app and The Weather Channel (right) on iOS 14.6 (left)

That said, the iOS Weather app will refuse to show 69 degrees anywhere in the forecast, whether for the current temperature, the hourly forecast for the day, or the extended forecast. The rounding is also specific to the digit 69: ledge confirmed that other numbers with a 9 in the unit place, such as 59 degrees or 79 degrees, are displayed accurately.

It’s not clear when Apple introduced rounding here. Phones running iOS 11.2.1 show 69 degrees of accurate data, as do phones running iOS 15, so it’s possible that the problem is specific to Apple’s most recent update (or has already been identified and fixed). Has been). Other weather sources, including Dark Sky — which is owned by Apple — have no problem displaying 69 degrees.

ledge has reached out to Apple for additional comment.

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