Apple Buys DarkSky

All good things must come to an end and this appears to be the case for Dark Sky. On March 31, 2020, Dark Sky announced on their blog that they have a new home at Apple.

iOS App

There will be no changes to Dark Sky for iOS at this time. It will continue to be available for purchase in the App Store.

Android and Wear OS App

The app will no longer be available for download. Service to existing users and subscribers will continue until July 1, 2020, at which point the app will be shut down. Subscribers who are still active at that time will receive a refund.

Website

Weather forecasts, maps, and embeds will continue until July 1, 2020. The website will remain active beyond that time in support of API and iOS App customers.

API

Our API service for existing customers is not changing today, but we will no longer accept new signups. The API will continue to function through the end of 2021.

For iPhone users, not much will change but for Android users, they will be left out in the rain. Same for all the other apps that use Dark Sky’s API such as Weather Extension and users of the Dark Sky website. People on Twitter were not happy.

What Does This Mean for Weather Extension?

Nothing will change immediately but in the future, I will be working with other weather API providers to provide the same level of accurate data you have come to expect. I hope to use this transition to improve the extension by bringing in multiple weather sources when possible to provide the most accurate weather data. The extension does link to Dark Sky’s website and that will have to change before July 1st this year.

If you have not tried Weather Extension, I hope you will! I still believe it is the best way to check the weather in your browser.

3 thoughts to “Apple Buys DarkSky”

  1. Yes, I agree. Way over blown. But it gives the idiots online another thing to whine about. It’s just an app. As you wrote about a month ago there are many other good weather apps out there.

    But at the end of the day, it’s just an app. And consider, 99% of those leaving comments online are losers without a job.

    Bob

  2. I own three companies, and I could not afford to purchase another company and then almost immediately get rid of 50% or more of the customers. Must be nice to have so much cash that it just does not matter. As stated, it is just an app, and there are more available. Just one more reason I do not like Apple!

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