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Cupertino users purchased the Dark Sky weather app in March 2020 to integrate it with Weather, which ended support for the app on Android. Now, at its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) this year, Apple announced Dark Sky’s successor, WeatherKit.
WeatherKit will replace the suite of protocols and definitions for the integration and development of Dark Sky application software (APIs), which Apple will end support on April 1, 2023.
The WeatherKit API, which is currently in beta, will provide apps and services with weather data that can help users “stay up to date, secure, and ready,” Apple explains on its website. In the requirements section, iOS 16, iPadOS 16, macOS 13, tvOS 16, and watchOS 9 are considered.
Those from Cupertino also open the door to REST APIs, which developers can use to build apps on websites and other platforms, such as Android, that include weather information provided by WeatherKit.
Among the data that WeatherKit will provide are current weather conditions and a forecast up to ten days ahead of temperatures, precipitation, wind and ultraviolet (UV) radiation, categorized by hours.
WeatherKit provides local user information. In this regard, Apple has made sure that information about the user’s location will only be used to provide weather forecasts.
Cupertino confirms that the said data will never be associated with “personally identifiable information” and will never track the user.
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