Apple Acquires Popular Weather App Dark Sky, Will Kill Android App in July

Dark Sky Weather App iOS

The popular hyperlocal weather app Dark Sky has announced that it has been acquired by Apple. The company will continue to support its iOS, iPadOS, and watchOS. However, Dark Sky’s Android and Android Wear apps would be killed along with its website.

Dark Sky’s acquisition was announced on the company’s official blog. It said that the company’s goal has always been to provide the best and most reliable weather information without compromising user privacy. It also explained that the company will continue the development of its iPad, iPhone, and Apple Watch apps.

The company’s Android and Wear OS apps are no longer available on the Play Store. Those who have been using those apps would not be able to do so because the company would not support them starting July 1, 2020. Users who currently have active premium subscriptions would get a refund. Weather embeds, weather forecasts, and weather maps would continue working until 1 July 2020, after which they would cease to exist.

Dark Sky will continue having the website to support APIs and its iOS app. The company’s APIs would continue to work until the end of 2021 and Dark Sky won’t accept new signups starting today. Neither Apple nor Dark Sky has revealed the details of the acquisition, including the cost of acquisition and the size of the team.

Our Take

Dark Sky is one of the most attractive weather apps on iOS and its hyperlocal precipitation alerts were quite famous. The app’s amazing UI design and its emphasis on user data privacy must’ve attracted Apple to buy it. We anticipate that Apple will make changes to its weather app, likely with the release of iOS 14 later this year, thanks to its acquisition of Dark Sky.

Did you ever use the Dark Sky weather app? If not, go ahead and give it a try on your iOS or iPadOS device and let us know your experience in the comments section below.

[Source: Dark Sky]