Hey, what’s up, everyone! In a rather surprising move, popular weather app and data-collection service Dark Sky has been acquired by Apple for an undisclosed sum, a blog post from the Dark Sky team announced.
Along with the acquisition comes the end of Dark Sky for Android & Wear OS. Service to existing Android & Wear OS users and subscribers will continue until July 1, 2020, at which point the app will be shut down.
The Dark Sky API, which is used by popular apps such as, Carrot Weather, Google Chrome weather extensions, DuckDuck Go, Microsoft, Runkeeper, Yelp will be impacted. This is because it will officially stop functioning for existing users come 2022! Additionally, Dark Sky has already stopped taking new signups for the API.
Folks, this move by Apple is pretty big. The reason is that the native iOS Weather app hasn’t seen a major change since iOS 7. From being powered by Yahoo Weather, Apple switched to The Weather Channel with iOS 8.
Dark Sky is notable in part for its big data-driven Dark Sky Forecast API, which provides customers with hyper-local weather data for use in their own apps or services. The API and other related data operations could be the reason why Apple is interested in Dark Sky. The service is known for providing smart notifications and highly localized data about precipitation, among other things, in much more detail than Apple’s own Weather app. *Now, that’s an epic upgrade to leverage!*
The app is already listed as Apple-made in the App Store. Also, Dark Sky’s branding on its website has already been updated to “Dark Sky by Apple.”
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