Today in version 4.12, CARROT Weather debuts a modernized iPad app that utilizes feature core for a great iPad experience: multitasking support, multiple keyboard shortcuts and an adjusted design that better utilizes large screens. Since the iPad app matures in several important ways, CARROT has added iCloud synchronization to all of the app's 150+ setting options, ensuring you don't have to configure settings on both the iPhone and iPad.
Before Now The CARROT Weather's iPad app has mainly been a larger version of its iPhone counterpart. You could see more things on the screen at one time, but the app was still missing in several important ways. One of them was the absence of support for Split View and Slide Over multitasking, both of which are now available. Although I probably don't want to put CARROT in Split View often myself, and that's why I didn't miss the feature much before now, the app is a great Slide Over candidate ̵
Several hotkeys were offered in the previous iPad app, but several have been added to today's update. When you join the existing options to open maps, alerts, browse places, and more, there are now shortcuts to see the weather for your current location, go straight to the Achievements, Alerts, and Settings screens, and that is and with a shortcut to poke CARROT's ocular sensor. Although I would have liked to see shortcuts taken even further – for example, activating navigation on the screen or in menus via the arrow keys, what is included is a solid step forward.
Utilizing the iPad screen better is another improvement in today's update. The changes are not important, but as you can see in the screens next to them, the updated app supports adding more data points to the screen, all of which can be customized to your liking, it is a new pop-up day screen and it adapts well even at reduced sizes in Split View.
Introducing a more robust iPad app would not be complete without yet another improvement: iCloud synchronization for the app's settings. CARROT offers over 150 different settings that can be configured to your liking, so having to manually configure them on each device would be (and has been) a pain. The timing was definitely right to introduce synchronization of iCloud settings. You can also now restore settings from a device backup if it is useful to you.
Another Noteworthy iPad Feature: If you are a Tier 3 subscriber, you can enable automated foreground updates to the app, which is most appropriate when using an iPad as a mounted, always-on screen that can now show you the most current weather automatically.
For a long time, CARROT Weather has pushed for skill on both the iPhone and Apple Watch, but the iPad and Mac versions lacked the same level of attention. It's great to see that starting to change with this update, bringing the iPad on par with many of the modern features iOS allows for Apple's tablet. Perhaps this fall with Catalyst launch as part of macOS Catalina, CARROT will also get some extra love on the Mac.