With more of its functionality integrated to iOS 16, Apple-owned weather app Dark Sky will go away after the end of 2022.
If you want rain and snow notifications to help plan your day, you don’t need a special app. The Weather app in iOS has your back.
Ever wonder why the chance of rain is forecast as 100%, but you don’t see a drop? Well, it all comes down to what that number really means. Jeff Butts explains what meteorologists are really saying in your local forecast.
Dark Sky’s API service for existing customers, iOS app, and website will now remain available until the end of 2022.
Next-hour precipitation and snow information is available in the iPhone Weather app for users in the UK, Ireland, and other places in Europe.
Apple recently updated the Dark Sky app to 6.8.5 and it adds a couple of new features and improvements. Adds the extra large watch complication with watchOS 7; Improves location search with more suggested and relevant results; Adds a new location icon to indicate when Precise Location is disabled; Fixes an issue that could cause a duplicate forecast page after moving it from Recent Searches to Saved; Includes stability and performance improvements. Although Apple acquired the Dark Sky app it still requires a US$3.99 purchase.
After Apple acquired Dark Sky, one announcement noted that its weather API would no longer be available. ClimaCell recently upgraded its API with new features and pricing, hoping to entice developers. The company has some impressive clients it works with, like the U.S. Air Force, Ford, United, Delta, and others. One new feature is a new data layer to track pollen.
With more than 50 million Americans allergic to some form of pollen, this proprietary index includes data on when airborne irritants are in season to inform people who suffer from pollen-related aggravations, such as asthmatics. API users can add this data layer into their app to offer users alerts when pollen levels are high.
Good news for developers. ClimaCell tells me they had been upgrading their weather API when the news of Dark Sky’s acquisition hit.