Apple improves Air Quality Health recommendations on your iPhone in iOS 14.3

Apple’s new iOS 14.3 update brings many new features to iPhone users. These new features include the exciting studio-style Fitness+ service, support for Apple’s new AirPods Max, support for ProRAW photos, and many other features. One of these new features is also the ability to check air quality health recommendations.

The new iOS 14.3 update will now provide air quality health recommendations via the Weather app and the Siri app on your iPhone.Air Quality Health Recommendation on iPhone

This new feature is being launched only in the following five countries:

US, UK, Germany, Mexico and India.

Prior versions of Apple’s operating system displayed the Air Quality indicator on Apple Maps as well as the weather app. The incremental change with iOS 14.3 is that it will now include ‘health recommendations’ based on Air quality.

These recommendations are only available at certain air quality levels.

Check Air Quality index on Apple Maps

You can easily turn on the Air quality indicator on Apple Maps to check the AQI of any region on the map.Air Quality index on Apple Maps

 Tap on Settings > Maps and scroll down to the ‘CLIMATE’ section. Enable Air Quality index and weather conditions here.

Next time when you open up your Apple maps for navigation, you will find the AQI indicator at the bottom of the map.

Use Weather App to check Air Quality Indicator

The AQI indicator is also available in the Weather app independent of your Apple Map settings.

When you tap on a city on the weather app and scroll down, you will be able to see the AQI information for the city. The new Air quality / Pollen indexes are now being supplied via BreezoMeter integration into weather app in iOS 14.3.Breezometer for Air Quality index

Easiest way to access the AQI (Air Quality index) of any city is to simple use Siri. It automatically tracks this information down from the Weather app and shows you the details. Simply say ” What is the Air Quality index for cityname”

Check Air quality index using Siri

The app only displays you the current AQI information and does not provide you with any forecast information for the week ahead.

Current Air quality using Siri

The Air quality health recommendations feature adds the incremental recommendations aspect to the score. As you may have noticed, early versions only displayed the score.Breezometer recommendations

The iOS 14.3 now displays actual health recommendations depending upon AQI via Breezometer.Apple air quality index health recommendations

You can invoke ‘Siri’ and ask for air quality health recommendations for a city and it will provide you a rich set of information in iOS 14.3 via the Weather app.

We hope that you liked this short tip on the improvements that Apple has made in iOS 14.3 regarding Air Quality Index.

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Sudz Niel Kar
I am a technologist with years of experience with Apple and wearOS products, have a BS in Computer Science and an MBA specializing in emerging tech, and owned the popular site AppleToolBox. In my day job, I advise Fortune 500 companies with their digital transformation strategies and also consult with numerous digital health startups in an advisory capacity. I'm VERY interested in exploring the digital health and fitness-tech evolution and keeping a close eye on patents, FDA approvals, strategic partnerships, and developments happening in the wearables and digital health sector. When I'm not writing or presenting, I run with my Apple Watch Ultra or Samsung Galaxy Watch and closely monitor my HRV and other recovery metrics.



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