- Fixed bug related to displaying the next eclipse too early
Ratings and Reviews
I'm giving this 3 stars because of the wealth of free and useful information that the website provides. I paid for the upgrades but never use this app, as it has a long way to go, and see my purchase more as a donation to the site.
First of all the upgrade is $4, which is quite a lot for what you get (in the app itself). Yes technically there are two upgrades at $2 each but realistically you need both so it's more of a clever pricing scheme than an actual customizable option. Secondly, the eclipse list view doesn't start at the next eclipse, but has previous eclipses listed too. This would be fine if past eclipses were listed separately, or if the next one was clearly marked. Yes, the next one is the one that shows up on the main screen, but it would be nice to have the list view begin with it as well. Thirdly, it doesn't include the Mercury and Venus transits like the website does; strictly speaking this is an eclipse app so that info is not absolutely required, but since the website has it on the eclipses page, it would be nice to see it here as well, at least as an option. Lastly, and this is more of a wish that doesn't factor into the rating, this could really benefit from a tablet-native resolution as well. As things stand, I have bookmarked the eclipse webpage on my mobile browser and use that exclusively.
Developer Response ,
Thank you for your rating, review and for upgrading the app. We will make a note of some of your points, however, slightly unfair to directly compare the app and web site. They are different products, are created by different developers and have different business models.
The app keeps getting better and better with every update but still far from the website. For example in the website we can see how eclipse looks in my own location or a custom location but in iOS all we see the total view of a regular eclipse.
Developer Response ,
Thanks for your input. Should be fixed in version 1.5.0. Please check and update your rating and review.
Worthless without paid upgrade
As it is, the free version is a bit of a head-scratcher. "Settings" reveals things like being able to look at their other apps, or information about what version of app this is. The only thing remotely approaching what one would call a "setting" is being able to see the purchase upgrades, which is in fact not a setting at all, so why they're labeled "Settings" is frankly a bit of a mystery.
There is a list of eclipses, if I don't like the current one shown for the other side of the equator, but I have to select each one just to see where it might be, and once I start approaching something that might appear to be even remotely interesting, I find it's not included and that'll be $1.99 just to see if it's even in the same hemisphere, thank you very much.
While I understand these apps don't develop themselves, and it takes time and effort to put them together, time and effort that someone(s) would appreciate being monetarily reimbursed for (and I'm fine with that), when a free app screams "FREE" so loudly, and with so many exclamation points, there really is little point in even investigating purchasing upgrades with such little promise of acquiring anything useful in return.
What I wanted was something to alert me to and research upcoming eclipses of interest. Obviously I was mistaken thinking this would be it.
Developer Response ,
Thank you for your input. Glad to read that you recognize that the apps don't develop or maintain themselves. You have a few good points that we may take on board, however, we don't think the app screams FREE apart from the fact that it is free to download.
In-App PurchasesSee All
- Time and Date AS/timeanddate.com
- 56.9 MB
Requires iOS 12.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
- Age Rating
- Rated 4+
- © 2019 Time and Date AS
- In-App Purchases
- Additional Map Data $1.99
- Future Eclipses Upgrade $1.99
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.