Popular Weather App 'Dark Sky' Gains Dark Mode

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Dark Sky has gained an optional Dark Mode in the latest version of the hyperlocal weather app for iOS.


The update means users can check weather information in the app with white text on a dark background, a new design that's supposed to be easier on the eyes in dimly lit environments.

In addition, Dark Sky v6.2 also gains an optional Daylight mode that automatically enables the black interface when the sun goes down.

The new settings can be accessed by tapping the cog wheel icon in the top-right of Dark Sky's main screen, where a new Appearance menu lets users select from Light, Dark, or Daylight.

Dark Mode is becoming increasingly popular in smartphone apps, and iOS 13 will reportedly include a system-wide dark mode to match the dark mode that was first introduced on Mac with macOS Mojave. The upcoming setting will allow for "easier nighttime viewing," according to Bloomberg.

Dark Sky users on iOS can get the new update for free starting today, and those who haven't downloaded the app yet can do so for $3.99 [Direct Link].

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willmtaylor

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I have Dark Sky installed but hidden away. I use it for the immediate precipitation warnings and umbrella reminders, but their weather predictions are less reliable than other sources.

For my area, Weather Underground more accurately predicts both temperature and future precipitation. However, I don’t prefer WU’s UI, so I use Hello Weather with WU as my source.

Go to https://www.forecastadvisor.com/ to see which source is best for you.
 
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I've been curious about Dark Sky for years and wish they would release it in Germany. But then the apps that use their API (such as Weather Line) are wildly inaccurate, so maybe it's for the better.
Yup. Love the Weather Line UI, but have never bought it because it solely relies on DarkSky.
 

bumbo

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I’m not sure this is the case. I’ve had it running in the background for years and just checked the battery usage and it’s around 1-2% for the past 10 days of use (I charge once daily on an iPhone X)
It's not entirely accurate.
I, too, thought this initially when they changed the app to have Location always on but, as mentioned, there's hardly any battery drain. This is down to the app not using GPS:

https://darksky.net/help/iphone#+55

I leave it on
 
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now i see it

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DS is hit or miss in regards to semi accuracy depending on where you are. Where I used to live it was pretty accurate. Where I live now it's totally worthless and way off so I delete it. WU on the other hand at this location is very accurate.
 

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DS is hit or miss in regards to semi accuracy depending on where you are. Where I used to live it was pretty accurate. Where I live now it's totally worthless and way off so I delete it. WU on the other hand at this location is very accurate.
This is why I like Hello Weather. I can choose from a variety of sources: Dark Sky, Accuweather, AerisWeather, The Weather Company, or Weather Underground.
 
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rictus007

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I’m happy the app, but is was block by my pi-hole.... apparently they collect user’s information; like everybody do. Even if you limit “analytics” (anonymous screen views for 3.99)
 

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Pretty accurate in my area. But Carrot is funny! Example, it is10 degrees here, "It's hotter than Steven Segal's career around here."
 

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I've been curious about Dark Sky for years and wish they would release it in Germany. But then the apps that use their API (such as Weather Line) are wildly inaccurate, so maybe it's for the better.
Well, that's why they don't release it in Germany - they don't have good data sources there to run their prediction model on. The real question is why apps using their API are being released in the areas where they shouldn't be.
 
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