Essential Enemy
by Victor Johnson

Dark Sky has a new home

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Adam Grossman:

“Today we have some 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 we can stay dry and safe, and to do so in a way that respects your privacy.

There is no better place to accomplish these goals than at Apple. We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to reach far more people, with far more impact, than we ever could alone.”

This is great news for the stock Weather app, maybe it will actually be useable now. It is not such great news for the vast number of third party applications on both iOS and Android that depend on the API for accurate weather data. I currently use Carrot Weather which does offer the ability to choose from alternative data sources but this functionality is also behind a subscription paywall. It will be interesting to see how these companies adapt.