A new blog post from the developers of the Apple-owned hyperlocal weather app Dark Sky has announced that the iOS and web versions of the app, as well as the Dark Sky API, will be deprecated by the end of 2022.
Here is the exact wording of the blog post:
Support for the Dark Sky API service for existing customers will continue through the end of 2022. The iOS app and Dark Sky website will also be available until the end of 2022.
Dark Sky’s developers initially said the API would be discontinued at the end of 2021, but this new target for the end of 2022 clearly sets things back a bit. However, this is the first time we’ve heard about an end date for the iOS app.
When the news first broke that Apple was acquiring Dark Sky early last year, a blog post from the Dark Sky team stated that the iOS app wouldn’t see any changes “at this time.” It also warned that the Android version would be shut down.
Apple went on to shut down the Android version of the app last August. Meanwhile, the iOS and web experiences (as well as the API) continued.
Apple’s iOS 14 added some Dark Sky-esque features last year, with more coming in iOS 15 later this year. New weather features planned for iOS 15 include hourly rainfall alerts, an overhaul of the animated wallpapers. and several other design changes.
Before its acquisition by Apple for an undisclosed sum, Dark Sky was a widely loved third-party weather app for both iOS and Android. It provided more granular and local data than the baked-in solutions on those two platforms.
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