These Weather Apps Are Great Alternatives to the Apple-Owned Dark Sky
Dark Sky just announced it has been acquired by Apple, and with the sale come a few big problems for fans of the hyper-local weather app. First of all, the Android app is going away altogether—for obvious reasons. You can continue to use it until July 1, and subscribers will be refunded any money they’ve…
Dark Sky just announced it has been acquired by Apple, and with the sale come a few big problems for fans of the hyper-local weather app. First of all, the Android app is going away altogether—for obvious reasons. You can continue to use it until July 1, and subscribers will be refunded any money they’ve spent on a subscription that will soon become worthless.
Second, and just as important, Dark Sky’s API is going away next year. It’ll remain active through 2021 according to the company, but isn’t accepting any new signups starting today. In other words, your favorite weather app that taps into Dark Sky’s information to function, be it Carrot Weather or Hello Weather, will have to switch to another data source—and who can say what that will mean for their accuracy.
Though developers have a little time to regroup, if you’re on Android, you’re going to have to find another option, and soon. And even if you’re a proud Dark Sky iOS user, I would expect changes to hit the app at some point that might make you less thrilled about it. Heck, Apple might even choose to sunset it and fold Dark Sky’s functionality directly into the native iOS Weather app. The sky’s the limit—pun intended.
In the meantime, here are some other weather apps worth checking out—assuming you trust any of them with your location data. (Your device’s built-in weather app is decent, too!)
Yes, Carrot Weather taps into Dark Sky’s data, and it costs $5 to get started—that’s more than what you’d currently pay for Dark Sky on iOS. However, if you cough up $5 for a yearly subscription, you can switch between a number of different data sources within the app: AccuWeather, ClimaCell, Foreca, MeteoGroup, Aeris Weather, or WillyWeather. I love the flexibility this gives me to see which source feels the most accurate for my location.
Second verse, same as the first: Hello Weather also taps into Dark Sky’s API, but that’s bound to change soon. The app looks gorgeous and, like Carrot Weather, it allows you to switch your weather data sources to another service as you see fit. The app is free to use, but you’ll have to pay a monthly ($1) or yearly ($9) fee to access its premium features, which include switching said data sources. Weather costs money, but I wouldn’t mind helping out the group of three developers who made the app as, “a passion project and not HARDCORE CAPITALISM.”