Welp, I can say goodbye at $ 3.99.
Dark Sky, the excellent weather app that Apple bought last March, is doomed to failure, which we already knew. What we didn’t know until now was the possible run date of the iOS app. In a June 7 update posted to the Dark Sky website, the company ad: “Support for the Dark Sky API service for existing customers will continue until the end of 2022. The Dark Sky iOS app and website will also be available until the end of 2022.”
This last sentence should keep you from clicking the download button in the App Store, unless you don’t mind purchasing an app with an apparent expiration date. (We’ve reached out to Apple to see if the iOS app will stop working after 2022 or if it just won’t be supported, which is just a slower form of death.)
Anyone could have seen it coming, especially after the week WWDC Conference, in which Apple announced a series of upcoming changes iOS 15, including an updated weather app that incorporates some of Dark Sky’s best features – an obvious thing to expect after Apple spends a secret amount of money to buy the entire company and has closed the Android version last August.
All of this is why I, a tech journalist who should know all these details by heart, feel like an idiot. I recently purchased Dark Sky before a camping trip, so I could have the best possible information on the weather before sleeping outside for a week in the middle of Pennsylvania. And while the app is really great – accurate weather, great design, and UX – I can’t say I’ve used it enough to justify spending even a measly $ 4 on it.
The June 7 update isn’t all bad news, however, at least not for the developers who use the Dark Sky API and the users who benefit from it. Dark Sky initially said its API would only remain available until the end of this year. As iOS developer David Smith, one of the first people to in law this week update, noted, that extends the life of the Dark Sky API for an additional year.
Of course, this whole situation is just another reminder that we don’t really own anything anymore – we just rent the digital goods we pay for until someone somewhere decides to take them away. So if you’ve recently downloaded Dark Sky all I can say is enjoy it while it lasts.