Dark Sky, a popular weather app for iOS, Android and the web, was purchased by Apple.
Screenshots of the existing iPhone version of Dark Sky
The announcement was made by Adam Grossman on the Dark Sky blog on Tuesday and s,
Today we have important and exciting news to share: Dark Sky has joined Apple.
Our goal has always been to provide the world with the best weather information possible, to help as many people as possible stay dry and safe, and to do so in a way that respects your privacy.
There is no better place to achieve these goals than at Apple. We are delighted to have the opportunity to reach many more people, with much more impact, than we could ever have done alone.
Next, we discuss what will happen to existing Dark Sky products. The iOS app will continue to be available for purchase in the App Store. However, the Android app will be closed after July 1, 2020. Android subscribers who are still active will receive a refund.
The website will continue to host weather forecasts, maps and integrations until July 1, 2020. Thereafter, it will remain active only for API and iOS app customers.
The API is no longer accepting new registrations, but will continue to operate for existing customers until the end of 2021.
The terms of the agreement are not yet known. However, this may mean that some changes to the Weather app will finally come in a future release, likely during the iOS 14 cycle this fall.
In January of this year, Apple obtained Xnor.ai advanced artificial intelligence startup for $ 200 million. The move suggested that the machine learning tools developed by the company could appear natively on iPhones and iPads in the future, with processing on a device rather than in the cloud.