Apple Acquires Weather App Dark Sky

Apple has acquired weather app Dark Sky, Dark Sky's developers announced today. Dark Sky is one of the most popular weather apps on the App Store, known for its accuracy and storm warnings.

Our goal has always been to provide the world with the best weather information possible, to help as many people as we can stay dry and safe, and to do so in a way that respects your privacy.

There is no better place to accomplish these goals than at Apple. We're thrilled to have the opportunity to reach far more people, with far more impact, than we ever could alone.

There will be no changes to the Dark Sky for iOS app, and it will continue to be available for purchase in the ‌App Store‌. Apple does not appear to be making the app free at this time, and it continues to be priced at $3.99.

In the future, Apple could be planning to build Dark Sky into its own weather app, which relies on data from The Weather Channel at this time.

Dark Sky features include minute-by-minute weather predictions based on precise location, hour-by-hour weather forecasts for the next day and week, detailed weather animations, and advanced notification updates that include down-to-the-minute alerts before rain starts and severe weather alerts. The app also includes a Today Widget, a Time Machine feature so you can see weather in the past or present, and an Apple Watch app.


Dark Sky for Android and Wear OS is being discontinued on July 1, 2020. The website's weather forecasts, maps, and embeds will be available until July 1, 2020, and the website itself will remain available in support of API and iOS app customers.

Dark Sky says its API service for existing customers is not changing, but new signups will no longer be accepted. The API will work through the end of 2021, but after that time, developers will need to find another solution. The end of Dark Sky's API will impact other popular weather apps like Carrot, which uses the Dark Sky API.

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25 weeks ago
Well maybe we’ll finally get an iPad weather app.
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25 weeks ago


Great... They bought the most overhyped weather app on the App Store. :rolleyes:

"known for its accuracy"

Sorry. I can't catch my breath from laughing so much.

May not be accurate for you but it sure is for me. :rolleyes:
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25 weeks ago


May not be accurate for you but it sure is for me. :rolleyes:

https://www.forecastadvisor.com

You can go to this site and enter your zip code to compare the accuracy of the various weather providers. For my zip in California Dark Sky does not do so well. Might be better where you live.



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25 weeks ago
Any chance this will integrate with iOS and replace the default app? Or at least become free for iOS users?
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25 weeks ago
A few years ago, I was out at the beach when a friend of a friend said that it would start raining in 4 minutes and last for 7 minutes before turning sunny. I laughed at him. He was exactly right. Easiest purchase I've ever considered and it's been frighteningly accurate ever since. A good purchase by Apple.
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25 weeks ago
I hope this doesn’t mean that Apple will get rid of the design of the stock weather app. I have yet to find another app that provides the weather data I need but in a simple, clean, non-complicated design.

All the other weather apps are just a hot garbage mess of complications and ads (depending on what app) that make things too cluttered and complicated.
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