The Apple-owned Dark Sky weather app has been updated for the first time in months. The app now runs version 6.8.6. The update features minor bug fixes and performance improvements, improved VoiceOver support, and adds Apple Watch complications that update more frequently.
In March 2020, the Cupertino tech giant acquired Dark Sky, began integrating its features into iOS 14, and shut down its Android version. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch, the app is designed to show the real-time minute-by-minute hyperlocal weather forecast. The app’s last update featured a new extra-large Apple Watch face complication, location search improvements, a new location icon, and more.
Dark Sky updated to version 6.8.6
Along with minor bug fixes and performance improvements, the updates also fixes an issue that could have prevented the moon phase from updating. Here are the release notes for the latest update:
Improved VoiceOver support
Complications on Apple Watch update more frequently
Addresses an issue that could prevent the moon phase from updating
Stability and performance improvements
Apple has incorporated several features from Dark Sky into its native Weather app in iOS 15. In the latest software update for iPhone, the Weather app sports a revamped design with beautiful new animated backgrounds. These dynamic layouts can change depending on conditions like wind, rain, etc. The Weather app also shows a ton of more data now including details on wind speeds, UV index, and barometric pressure.
Apple acquired the weather app last year. While the tech giant originally planned to shut down the API on July 1, 2021, that is no longer the case. Apple has confirmed that it intends to keep the API around for another year, the app will keep on being available to users until the end of 2022.
Dark Sky is currently available in the United States, United Kingdom, and Ireland and can be downloaded from the App Store for $3.99. It is compatible with iOS 11.0 and watchOS 4.0 or later.