Dark Sky announced on their blog that they have a new home, with Apple. In another example of a small competitor getting swallowed up by one of our countries Trillion Dollar Goliaths, Apple has acquired Dark Sky, the maker of the innovative up to the minute forecast weather app.Dark Sky’s announcement below:
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.
What happens to the existing products
Dark Sky’s iOS and Web apps are the only survivor of this acquisition and there will be no changes.
As for everyone else without an iPhone wanting the app on their phone, that’s you Android users, the app will no longer be available for download. Service to existing users and subscribers will continue until July 1, 2020, at which point the app will be shut down. Subscribers who are still active at that time will receive a refund.
The API service for existing customers is not changing today, but they will no longer accept new signups. The API will continue to function through the end of 2021.
To our customers, family and friends, we are grateful for your support over the past eight years. We look forward to continuing to build great products, so stay tuned…The Dark Sky Team
The problem with this acquisition is that a once easily accessible app is now permanently and irrevocably affixed to one platform. Thanks Apple 😥.
By Platform De.Central | Source: Dark Sky