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Opinion: What Apple’s Dark Sky app acquisition means for CARROT Weather

Last week, Apple made the purchase of the Dark Sky weather app, which is one of the most popular premium weather apps in the App Store.

It is unknown why Apple purchased the app, but it could mean that Apple is looking into making a subscription service based on its own Weather app. This would be very similar to CARROT Weather’s app.

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An Apple Weather concept by @ParkerOrtolani on Twitter 

CARROT Weather does use Dark Sky as one of its data sources, so this will impact the app. In fact, API services for the app will shut down by January 2021, making it so that CARROT Weather would no longer be able to use Dark Sky as a data source.

In the meantime, it might be a good idea to figure out which data source to use for CARROT Weather if you plan to keep using it.

The other choices that are available in CARROT Weather are Foreca, AccuWeather, Aeris Weather and MeteoGroup.

For the time being, I have already found Foreca to be a good data source for my weather. It has been giving me precise weather notifications, which is important since I am from Iowa and we get crazy weather over here throughout the year, especially during the fall and spring seasons (Mother Nature can’t make up her mind).

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CARROT Weather notifications on my Apple Watch Series 5

There is not necessarily a bad source to choose from, so it will all depend on your preferences and what you want to see from your weather in the CARROT Weather app.

CARROT Weather costs $4.99 in the App Store and then has subscription tiers that have all sorts of different features.I have personally been using Tier 3, which costs $24.99 a year and it has been one of the best decisions I have made. Not only have I gotten accurate weather, but the notifications are timely and more than what any sort of national or local free weather app has ever provided for me.

The app is available on the iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Apple TV, Apple Watch and Mac.

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