Apple removes Dark Sky weather app from the App Store ahead of shutdown

Apple has removed its Dark Sky weather app from the company’s App Store ahead of the app’s upcoming shutdown at the end of this year.

Apple's Dark Sky Weather on Apple Watch
Apple’s Dark Sky Weather on Apple Watch

Users who currently launch the Dark Sky app on iPhone see a pop-up message statting that “support for the Dark Sky app” will end on January 1, 2023:

Support for the Dark Sky app will be ending on January 1st, 2023. Dark Sky’s forecast technology is now enhanced and integrated into the updated Apple Weather app. – Apple Inc.

Chance Miller for 9to5Mac:

Apple had previously planned to begin shutting down the Dark Sky app, website, and API at the end of 2021. This change was delayed until the end of 2022 as Apple continued to make upgrades to the built-in Weather app as well as launch the new WeatherKit API. Apple originally acquired Dark Sky in March of 2020 and has used the technology to make a number of upgrades to its built-in Weather app.

Now that WeatherKit is available to developers and iOS 16 is available to everyone, Apple is officially informing users of its intention to shut down Dark Sky.

Tapping on the “More Info” button in [Apple’s pop-up] message takes you right to the App Store listing for the Apple Weather application.

MacDailyNews Take: With the release of iOS 15 in 2021, Apple’s Weather app gained many improvements from Dark Sky, including graphical displays of weather data and redesigned animated backgrounds — along with precipitation, air quality, and temperature maps – making Apple’s Weather app more engaging and powerful than ever.

In iOS 16, a new Lock Screen gallery features a range of options including a Weather wallpaper to see live weather conditions as they change throughout the day.

Among many other features, Apple’s Weather app offers notifications for severe weather events such as tornados, hurricanes, and flash floods so you can stay safe and prepared and sends notifications when rain or snow is about to start or stop.

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6 Comments

  1. They might as well remove it because ever since Apple purchased dark sky, they ruined the app. Are used to find that app to be spot on. I was quite amazed. After Apple purchased they went down the tubes. I deleted it about a month ago when Apple mentioned it was going away, but I do find it to be a damn shame perfect example of how Apple can ruin.

    1. Another drubbing from Rob the dinner dobber of doom, the Trumpian doofus with the Biden-like dementia, if you want to know at what right thing to do is, ask Rob, and then do the opposite.

  2. One of the key features I liked and use in Dark Sky is the Time Machine function. It is very useful to find out what the previous day’s approximate rainfall amount was.

  3. Very disappointed that Apple is getting rid of Dark Sky. It was always my go to app for rain, wind, etc. Very accurate and that was the whole point. Apples weather app is too cartoonish and looks just like every other weather app. which I hate. Dark Sky was special and to the point. This is like the third or fourth weather app that has been eaten up by another app pretending to be the original. You think you are making improvements but you overwhelm it with gimmicks and to get the best of the app, you then have to pay.

  4. they don’t seem to be interested in making an iPadOS version of Weather so Dark Sky users there will be out of luck now it seems. Just like it’s so asinine they don’t even offer a calculator app… on a computer. Pathetic.

  5. The Apple weather app doesn’t include the detail that Dark Sky has (hourly numeric wind speed, gusts, precipitation rate, humidity, wind chill, ect, ect). Since Apple bought Dark Sky they should enhance, not water down the details. Looks like another failure similar to Apple ‘maps’.

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