Dark Sky by Apple

Apple Acquires Weather App Dark Sky

Android App shutting down July 1, 2020

Apple has acquired popular weather app Dark Sky for undisclosed terms. The company says that there will be “no changes” for users on iOS right now — but the Android app will be closing down on July 1 , 2020.

Dark Sky uses publicly available weather sources and then analyzes them using machine learning to create some of the most accurate and reliable forecasts anywhere. It’s accurate enough that, using your phone’s location, it can tell you if it’s about to start raining within the hour, and ping you with a notification.

Apple’s iOS weather app relies on data from The Weather Channel and by acquiring Dark Sky the company will not only gain from a much better weather app but drives forward its push into machine learning and AI.

Company co-founder Adam Grossman said in a statement:

Our goal has always been to provide the world with the best weather information possible, to help as many people as we can stay dry and safe, and to do so in a way that respects your privacy.

There is no better place to accomplish these goals than at Apple. We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to reach far more people, with far more impact, than we ever could alone.

The company will also no longer accept new signups for its API, which allowed other developers to tap Dark Sky’s database of “weather forecasts and historical weather data“. The company is committing to running that API through the end of 2021, but it’s unclear what’ll happen to it after that.

An Apple spokesperson confirmed the acquisition, but declined to comment further.

Download on App Store

Version: 6.8.4
Updated: March 31, 2020
Category: Weather
Requirements: iOS 11.0+
Price: £3.99
Developer: Apple
Contains Ads: No
In-App Purchases: No

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