Apple’s weather app won’t say it’s 69 degrees

Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge:

If you’re an iPhone user, the weather is always a particularly nice 70 degrees. Or 68 degrees. Any temperature but 69 degrees, actually, because it turns out that the built-in weather app on some versions of iOS — including the current version, iOS 14.6 — will refuse to display the internet’s favorite number, even if the actual temperature in a given location is, in fact, 69 degrees.

This silly piece of fluff has been flying around the internet. Lots of hot takes, lots of “nice”. It did make me laugh, imagining Tim Cook demanding that the number 69 be removed from the weather app!

In a nutshell, it’s a rounding issue, not censorship.

My favorite line, from Gruber’s take (with the URL ending “69_dudes”):

Sometimes a cigar is just an integer math conversion glitch.