The update introduces a new visual look and the home screen now has a "unified timeline" that combines different aspects of your local forecast on a page, rather than separating them into multiple areas. Now you can see the current conditions, next hour rain, next 24 hours and next week forecasts in a scrollable tab.
At the top of the forecast tab Dark Sky now has a precipitation chart below the current temperature and next schedule. This should "provide more context" for forecasts when you start the app quickly, according to the developers.
For the next 24 hour forecast, press between the temperature, "feel like" temperature, rainfall, wind, wind, humidity, dew point, UV index and cloud cover by scrolling through the red text under the curve. This updates the graph of relevant information and is also available to watch for days in the coming week.
At the bottom of this category is a "Time Machine" feature that shows weather goes back decades and can also provide seasonal average weather for days beyond next week. Grossman points out that this can be useful for planning trips and vacations.
The next major addition is a stored placement feature, which is a standard addition to many weather conditions Appes which Dark Sky has lacked over the years. Now you can save more places in the app to check the weather in different cities by swiping the forecast to the left or right.
Messages are enhanced, with custom alerts that let you create your own weather forecasts for the conditions you care about. Instead of alerts just related to rainfall, you can now create push alerts that warn you about high UV indices and more. To do this, you must set location access to "always" for Dark Sky in the iOS app and allow alerts.
There are also new updates to the app's iconography and completely rewritten internals:
We're incredibly grateful for The Iconfactory to redefine our set of weather icons. Gone are the strong black and white glyphs, after being replaced with easier recognizable ̵1; and colorful icons and buttons.
This update is not just a visual update: On IOS, we have completely rewritten the internals of the app from scratch. It's actually a brand new app, which means it's going to be far more stable and responsive, loading faster, and it gives us a lot easier to incorporate new features and improvements in the future.
Dark Sky has been a popular third-party alternative to Apple's own Weather IOS app for a few years now, especially for its ability to warn you about imminent bad weather. Apple has highlighted the Dark Sky app and its useful features in the past, especially in a short Apple Watch commercial title "Rain" from 2016.
Grossman says that with the release of the new update, users can expect to see "more frequent" updates from now on, with new features already in their work. Dark Sky users on iOS and Android can get the new update for free today and those who have not downloaded the app can do it for $ 3.99.