Just over a year ago, Apple announced the acquisition of the popular hyper-local weather app Dark Sky. At the time, Apple said the Dark Sky API, which is used by various third-party weather applications, would close by the end of 2021. However, plans have changed, and Dark Sky now says the API will be available for an additional year. The iOS app and website will also continue for another year.
As noted by developer David Smith on Twitter, Dark Sky made this change on Monday in an update to its blog. The company says that the Dark Sky API will remain available to existing customers until the end of 2022. Apple also confirmed that the Dark Sky website and application will also be available until the end of 2022.
Support for the Dark Sky API service for existing customers will continue until the end of 2022. The iOS app and the Dark Sky website will also be available until the end of 2022.
Dark Sky had not previously said when iOS and the website would be closed. When the purchase was first announced, Apple simply said that there would be “no changes to Dark Sky for iOS at this time.”
Since Apple acquired Dark Sky in March 2020, we’ve seen a handful of notable changes to the iPhone’s built-in Weather app. While Apple has been quiet about its plans with Dark Sky, it is clear that many of these features are possible due to the Dark Sky acquisition. But that said, Apple still uses the Weather Channel for data.
Here are some of the new features coming to the Weather app this fall with iOS 15:
- New design
- Precipitation messages next hour
- New animated backgrounds
- New design
What do you think about the changes Apple has made in the Weather app on the iPhone? Are you still using Dark Sky? Let us know in the comments below!
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