Dark Sky Becomes An Even Better Weather App With Big iOS 7 Redesign

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I always know when it’s going to rain. It’s not because I’m psychic, but because of Dark Sky, which I can confidently call one of—of not the—best weather apps in the App Store. Originally funded through a Kickstarter campaign, the success of Dark Sky has brought about Forecast.io and a robust weather platform for other great apps.

What does two years of development and going back to the drawing board get you? A complete redesign of Dark Sky for iOS. I’ve been using it for months, and it’s finally available in the App Store as a free update.

Dark Sky has always been great at what the weather is like right now. Heck, it can even send you a push notification when it’s about to precipitate. More love has been given to the current weather layout in Dark Sky 4.0. When you first open the app, the current temperature and conditions are displayed with a nice graph of the weather over the next hour. Other data like the “feels like” temperature and your distance from the nearest storm is also displayed.

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The biggest addition in version 4.0 is the extended forecast view, a feature that has been missing from Dark Sky for a long time. “In studying how people use weather apps (ours and others), it’s become clear that the next 24 hours is hugely important,” said developer Adam Grossman. “So much so that we’ve devoted an entire screen to a full breakdown of what’s going to happen in the next day. You’ll get a quick text summary, plus a timeline of cloud cover, precipitation, and temperature. You can see the high and low temperatures, and when the sun will rise and set. The challenge was designing it to be parsed and understood with a quick glance without sacrificing detail, and I’m really happy with the way it came out.”

And finally, new maps (which only work in US and British Isles, unfortunately):

For people like myself who live in an area with always-changing weather patterns, Dark Sky is a godsend. It has saved me from getting soaked so many times. If you live somewhere like the Nevada desert, it’s probably not the best weather app. But for what it does, there is no better option I’ve come across.

If you’ve already bought Dark Sky, it costs $3.99 in the App Store. Existing users get this big iOS 7 redesign for free.

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  • Gadget

    Would love to try it but not available in Canada….sniff :’(

  • gettysburg11s

    Well, I’ve needed a good weather app for my iPad mini for a long time, so I took the plunge and got it. I have to say, it seems very accurate so far, and I like the interface. It would be nice if the Map auto-zoomed to your region though (it does mark it on the map however, so its easy to pinch to zoom). Also, I’d like the current temp to be larger on the iPad version. Its pretty small.

  • DJBabyBuster

    I liked the original design, but it was kind of lacking in more than 24hrs forecast and other features that I never really used it. With the redesign, all the missing holes have been filled, and I will finally switch to this as my default weather app. Also love the white layout, gorgeous!

  • Matt Stubblefield

    anyone see a legend for the colors on the forecast. specifically when drilling down to the details for the daily forecast? I’m kinda thinking that blue denotes precipitation, the darker the heavier, and the gray denotes the degree of overcast.

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