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Until now, Carrot Weather for iPad and iPhone has had an upfront cost to experience how mean it can be. But starting with Carrot Weather 5.0, that has gone in favor of (more) subscription tiers. In the past, you paid for Carrot Weather and got all the basic features, then subscribed to additional, more data-intensive options.
But with the new team you can enjoy the absolute minimum for free. You will also get ‘ads’, but no real products are showing at the moment. At least we hope those killer ads aren’t real. According to developer, Brian Mueller, he will stick in some indie developer ads as a way to “give back to the great developer community”. He doesn’t even charge for those ads.
But of course he reserves the right to include real ads later. However, Mueller never promises to sell or share your data, even if it starts showing real ads. Meanwhile, the fake ads detract a bit from the look of Carrot Weather, but manage to introduce some humor along the way.
The whole app has gotten a makeover, including new icons built from scratch. You also have a lot more customization options, allowing you to create an interface that meets your needs. According to Mueller, you can “[a]dd new components, rearrange them, change their design, insert additional data points and more. “
But you have to subscribe to get customization features along with widgets, notifications, alternative weather sources and so on. From Carrot 5.0 you have three subscription layers:
- Premium ($ 4.99 / month or $ 19.99 / year) offers additional features such as 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 alerts (where available), a weather maps widget, and fast 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 shared with up to five family members through Apple’s Family Sharing service.
And if you are a previous subscriber or if you bought the app in the early days, don’t worry. Mueller says that you keep all of your existing features, even if they are now in a level that you are also not subscribed to.
If you upgrade, you will likely notice the new vortical layout. That change means a bit of scrolling, but it’s no longer an “everything wrapped up in tight” affair. And as always, looking around for Easter eggs will lead to many rewards.
Carrot Weather 5.0 is available now for iOS, with Android and Mac versions to follow later.