Apple buys Dark Sky weather app

Joanna Estrada
April 1, 2020

Dark Sky is a weather app that offers hyperlocal weather info, as well as forecasts that are dialed down-to-the-minute.

It's not clear what plans Apple has for Dark Sky in the future, but it seems clear those plans aren't cross-platform.

"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", Dark Sky's blog post reads. We're thrilled to have the opportunity to reach far more people, with far more impact, than we ever could alone. Apple is, of course, killing Dark Sky on Android out of spite.

However, the Android and Wear OS app will no longer be available for download. As part of the change, the company is shutting down its Android and Wear OS apps. Dark Sky serves as a weather provider for apps and services like Carrot Weather, DuckDuckGo, Microsoft, Yelp, and more, and this will affect these apps, so it needs to be a more gradual phase-out. For existing Android users, though, the app will continue to work through July 1st, at which point the app will be completely discontinued and existing customers will receive a refund. iOS users, though, are still able to purchase the app through the App Store and will continue to be able to use it. Moving to Apple's walled garden has prompted a downpour of sadness on social media.

The company will also no longer accept new signups for its API, which allowed other developers to tap Dark Sky's database of "weather forecasts and historical weather data".

Current users of the weather app are getting notifications of the acquisition as well as seeing it within the app.

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