Apple-owned Dark Sky gets new updates to VoiceOver, watch complication

Apple buys popular weather app, Dark Sky — Android app will shut down
Apple buys popular weather app, Dark Sky — Android app will shut down (Image credit: Joseph Keller/iMore)

What you need to know

  • Apple has released version 6.8.6 of the Dark Sky Weather app.
  • The update includes enhanced support for VoiceOver and more frequent updates for the Apple Watch complication.

Apple has released a new update to the Dark Sky app on iOS with some notable improvements.

Version 6.8.6 of the Dark Sky Weather app improves support for VoiceOver, enhances the Apple Watch complication experience, and more:

  • 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

The last update to the Dark Sky app was in November of 2020 when Apple originally added an Apple Watch complication to the app. The app hadn't been updated for about seven months before that.

Starting out with what's new, the updated Dark Sky includes support for an extra-large Apple Watch complication so long as your wearable is running watchOS 7 or later.The update also brings some improvements to location search as well as an icon to tell users when Precise Location is enabled.

Apple acquired Dark Sky Weather back in March of 2020. While the company originally planned to shut down the API that many other apps used to incorporate weather on July 1, 2021, it was recently revealed that the company delayed that change until the end of 2022.

As spied by developer David Smith, Apple has quietly confirmed that it intends to keep the API around for another year. Instead of being killed off next month, the Dark Sky API will now live on until the "end of 2022."

Apple has already begun to incorporate features from Dark Sky into its own Weather app on iOS, including more localized weather reports and weather maps that are set to come as part of iOS 15 in the fall.

If you want to enjoy Dark Sky Weather on an Apple Watch, check out our list of the Best Apple Watch 2021.

Joe Wituschek

Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.