Apple Steals Popular Weather App From Android

Yolanda Curtis
April 1, 2020

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.

Indie weather app/company Dark Sky has just been acquired by Apple.

Apple probably doesn't have a lot of big plans for Dark Sky apart from replacing Weather Channel's service on the official iOS Weather app with Dark Sky's data.

The iOS app will remain unaffected for now and continue to be available for download; however, the Android app will not be so lucky.

We should note that the Play Store listing for the Android app is still live at the time of writing. Dark Sky says it is no longer accepting sign-ups for the API and that it will be discontinued at the end of 2021.

According to a blog post announcing the acquisition, the Dark Sky iOS app will continue to be available for purchase from the App Store, and "there will be no changes to Dark Sky for iOS at this time".

"Hyperlocal, hyper-accurate forecasting is something of a misnomer, but it's also something that's invaluable when it works".

Even though I rely on Appy Weather for temperature and regular conditions, when Orlando's famous 3 o'clock showers are coming to literally rain on the parade and chase crowds out of the park, MinuteCast is crucial in determining when and how I make a break for my favorite rides or for the auto.

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

Dark Sky was not particularly popular among some meteorologists, however. Although that's a long way off, the change is going to impact many users' favorite weather apps on iOS.

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