Initial experience of Weather Gods iOS app on M1 Mac is encouraging

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Browsing through the list of iOS apps which are available to download on an M1 Mac, I spotted Weather Gods.

And, what do you know, it works pretty darn well with VoiceOver!

So far I've not discovered any gotchas of note.

It's definitely worth checking out if you have an M1 Mac and have already purchased the Weather Gods app.

It also makes me hopeful for what other accessible iOS apps might transfer well to the Mac.

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Submitted by Jason White on Saturday, November 21, 2020

Thank you - I was wondering whether iOS or iPadOS apps could be accessible with VoiceOver if run on an M1 machine. Apple must have implemented the necessary code to support the iOS accessibility APIs in VoiceOver for Mac. It is also my understanding that Apple's development tools are designed to make it easy to customize applications for the Mac, starting from a working iPad version. This may soon start to happen with greater frequency, which will be good for the Mac environment.

Submitted by Weather Gods (Scott) on Sunday, November 22, 2020

Hi Eileen,

Thanks for the feedback on Weather Gods. I enrolled as part of the developer transition program but the machine they give you (sorry you purchase and give back) was a Mac mini running an iPad chip and not the M1.

I don't have an M1 at the moment and I'm not likely to get one until the MacBook Pro 16" is M1, so that's really good to know.

I tested the widgets etc and made some tweaks for the Mac so hopefully they are good too?

Did notifications work? I wasn't able to test these.

Thanks
Scott

Submitted by Eileen on Wednesday, November 25, 2020

In reply to by Weather Gods (Scott)

The widget and notifications both work great.

In fact, the WG widget was a no-brainer immediate swap-out for the stock weather widget.

Submitted by Weather Gods (Scott) on Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Thanks Eileen, that's good to know.

We've got some improvements for widgets and notifications in the next update.

Submitted by Stoo on Thursday, November 26, 2020

Hi, I was just wondering, have you seen any improvements to the speed of Voiceover running under the new M1 chip?

Given the large increases in performance in native Apple apps, I was hoping that Voiceover would perform better in some way.