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

Apple removed its Dark Sky weather app from the company’s App Store ahead of the app’s imminent closure later 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 stating that “Dark Sky app support” will end on January 1, 2023:

Support for the Dark Sky app will end on January 1, 2023. Dark Sky’s forecasting technology is now enhanced and integrated into the updated Apple Weather app. – The Apple company.

Chance Miller for 9to5Mac:

Apple had previously planned to begin shutting down the Dark Sky app, website, and API in late 2021. This change has been postponed until late 2022 as Apple continued to make updates to the integrated Weather app and ad start the new WeatherKit API. Apple originally acquired Dark Sky in March 2020 and has used the technology to make numerous updates to its built-in Weather app.

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

By tapping the “More Info” button in [Appleā€™s pop-up] message takes you directly to the App Store listing for the Apple Weather app.

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

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

Among many other features, Apple’s Weather app offers notifications for adverse weather events like tornadoes, hurricanes and flash floods so you can stay safe and prepared, and send notifications when rain or snow is about to start or stop.

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