It may be the internet’s most beloved and meme-able number (other than 420), but in Apple’s world, there seems to be no time for such humor.
Every person who is an iPhone or iPad user must be familiar with the weather app. The weather app can switch between levels of reliability depending on the day.
But it was recently found that there’s one particularly interesting (albeit hilarious) glitch due to which the weather app does not display the temperature when it’s 69 degrees.
It was first discovered by Popular tech YouTuber Marques Brownlee that there was an issue in a video on Twitter that went viral. The video was recorded from Boston, where he said that the temperature was 69 degrees. Brownlee quoted that ‘Apple’s Weather app on the iPhone refuses to show the number 69 anywhere in the app ever’. ‘Whether it’s the hourly forecast or just the forecast for the day or anything. No 69 degrees.’
While the other weather apps and phones were displaying the temperature as 69 degrees, Apple's app was displaying it as 68 degrees. The discovery had Twitter wondering if the number was a bit too cheekily sexual for Apple and its products, which aren't exactly the most humor-forward.
However, Twitter user Ian Brennan came up with a potential explanation for the omissions. If Apple, in fact, uses Celsius as its primary form of calculating the weather and then converts it to Fahrenheit, rounding the numbers to the nearest whole number would result in certain Fahrenheit temperatures never displaying.
Brennan used the example that 21 degrees Celsius is converted directly into 69.8 degrees Fahrenheit, which would always round up to 70 degrees Fahrenheit; 20 degrees Celsius converts to 68 degrees Fahrenheit. This would explain why the number 69 would never display if Apple was using whole, rounded Celsius numbers to calculate the weather displayed on the app.
Brownlee also followed up in a Tweet explaining that by the same reasoning, the app also doesn’t display the numbers 65 or 67. However, it was reported that the glitch seems to be fixed on iOS 15, with Twitter users reporting that the issue is also not present on iOS 14.6 in the weather widget, but it’s only on the app itself.