Today at WWDC 2022, Apple announced a new Weather app for the iPad as well as a new WeatherKit to take the role of the Dark Sky API, which was discontinued for Android in 2020. Developers will be able to design Android apps using the same Dark Sky back end as before thanks to this new weather service.
Together with the brand-new Apple Weather service, WeatherKit offers apps and services with a wealth of useful weather data that can keep users informed, secure, and prepared.
Software is the most important prerequisite for using WeatherKit today out of the four.
iOS 16, iPadOS 16, macOS 13, tvOS 16, or watchOS 9 are required for WeatherKit. Websites and other platforms can use REST APIs.
Given the accessibility of REST APIs (Apple developers will still be able to use Swift), developers on various explicitly covers platforms are now able to use WeatherKit for underlying data in Android apps, including:
a 10-day hourly forecast for temperature, precipitation, wind, UV Index, and other variables, as well as the current weather conditions. For some areas, severe weather alerts and hourly precipitation predictions are available.
On the privacy front, Apple claimed that location data is used solely to provide weather forecasts, is not associated with any personally identifiable information, and is never tracked between requests. This is what makes WeatherKit (and Dark Sky before it) so alluring for users on Android and all other platforms. Since Dark Sky’s departure, privacy issues and location tracking have been raised in relation to weather apps on non-Apple platforms.
Apple released listed pricing plans for WeatherKit today, and sign-up information will be available this summer. Today, information regarding Transitioning from Dark Sky is also available for developers.
Monthly calls of 500,000 are free for members. 1,000,000 calls per month: $49.99 2 million phone calls per month: $99.99 5,000,000 calls per month: $249.99 10 million phone calls per month: $499. 20,000,000 calls per month: $999.99 Given the prerequisites for iOS 16, iPadOS 16, macOS 13, tvOS 16, or watchOS 9, WeatherKit, which is presently in development, will probably launch this fall, ideally followed by new or improved Android weather applications.