Developers can now pay Apple to access the weather

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If you have an app that uses a ton of weather data from Apple's WeatherKit, today is a good day for you — except for the part where you have to pay money.

Today, Apple announced that it has made WeatherKit subscriptions available to developers. In an update on the Apple Developer website, the company revealed that developers who use a ton of API calls with WeatherKit can now subscribe for even more:

WeatherKit brings valuable weather information to your apps and services through a wide range of data that can help people stay up to date, safe, and prepared. It’s easy to use WeatherKit in your apps for iOS 16, iPadOS 16, macOS 13, tvOS 16, and watchOS 9 with a platform-specific Swift API, and on any other platform with a REST API. Up to 500,000 API calls per month are included with Apple Developer Program membership. And now, Account Holders can subscribe for more calls in the Apple Developer app.

How much do WeatherKit subscriptions cost?

Apple already includes 500,000 API calls with WeatherKit for any developer of the Apple Developer Program. However, if you have an app with many users and need more than that, you can pay for even more calls. Costs range from $49.99 per month for one million calls to $999.99 per month for 20 million. You can check out the full breakdown below:

  • 500,000 calls/month: Included with membership
  • 1 million calls/month: US$49.99
  • 2 million calls/month: US$99.99
  • 5 million calls/month: US$249.99
  • 10 million calls/month: US$499.99
  • 20 million calls/month: US$999.99

Apple also outlined that only an Account Holder for a development account can make edits to a WeatherKit subscription and what will happen when those edits occur:

  • Upgrades a subscription, a new billing period is started and you can start using the new plan immediately. Your quota resets to 0 and the number of API calls is replaced based on the new subscription.
  • Downgrades a subscription, you can continue to use your current plan during the current billing period.

WeatherKit subscriptions are available to developers now so, if you need more API calls for WeatherKit data, you can subscribe to one of the tiers and get access right now. You can learn more about WeatherKit on the Apple Developer website.

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.