The popular weather app Dark Sky was just bought by Apple and making it just another company to come under the control of the iPhone maker.
The news was announced by Dark Sky through their blog post which stated:
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.
While iOS users of the weather app will not be affected in anyway, Android users will no longer be able to buy the app or use it after 1 July 2020 as their statement reads:
There will be no changes to Dark Sky for iOS at this time. It will continue to be available for purchase in the App Store.
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.
That isn’t all as their statement continues saying that all of the embeds or weather maps used by other websites will also not be functional after 1 July 2020 and their API service will not be accepting new signups although it will continue to function until the end of 2021.
Apple basically bought the weather app Dark Sky and made it exclusively available on only its platforms which has received a lot of criticism by people on the internet.