Living Earth - Clock & Weather

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Description of App: 

As described in the iTunes Store:

Living Earth HD - World Clock and Weather gives you a stunning live 3D simulation of our planet at our current moment in time along with global weather, forecasts and times for cities around the world. This is the most realistic live 3D rendering of our planet available for the iPad & iPhone.

Features:

  • Clouds rendered with near real-time satellite cloud data. View global cloud patterns, and tropical storms as they are happening.
  • World clock, weather and forecast support for over 5400 cities around the world.
  • Observe sunrise and sunset borders around the world live as they are happening. Watch the terminator progress across the globe during the day.
  • Rayleigh atmospheric scattering calculations for photorealistic atmospheric simulation.
  • Observe the changing seasons throughout the year. View snow and ice coverage as well as other seasonal changes on our globe.
  • High resolution live 3D simulation. Especially optimized for the iPhone4 retina display and iPad.
  • Universal app, get both iPhone and iPad editions with one purchase.
  • Alarm clock feature and more coming soon! Leave me feedback in the app.

Apple Watch Support: 

Not Known

Version: 

1.04

Free or Paid: 

Paid

Device(s) App Was Tested On: 

iPhone

Accessibility Comments: 

Most buttons appear to be clearly labelled and VoiceOver also appears to read most page elements. However, the weather information is not read by VoiceOver in a logical order. This makes it difficult to follow when relying on VoiceOver.

The weather information for the next four days is laid out in a 2x2 grid. Unfortunately Each of the squares in this grid contains the weather information for a day. Unfortunately, VoiceOver does not read all the content from one box before moving onto the next. What actually happens is that VoiceOver reads the first item from Box 1, it then reads the first item from Box 2, then the second item from Box 1, then the second item from Box 2, and so on. Once the last item from Box 2 has been read VoiceOver moves to Box 3. A similar pattern is then followed with the content of boxes 3 and 4. This all serves to make the app as confusing as the above description has probably just been!

The weather information is fairly superficial, and offers nothing more than is already provided by the accessible weather app that comes with iOS.

VoiceOver Performance: 

VoiceOver reads most page elements.

Button Labeling: 

Most buttons are clearly labeled.

Usability: 

Some parts of the app are accessible with VoiceOver, but not enough to make it usable.