Dark Sky is out with a major update to its hyperlocal weather reporting app for iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch. Dark Sky 5 adds a number of new features including a new focus on 24-hour forecasts, the ability to share pressure data, customizable advanced notifications. Dark Sky is best known for being able to provide super precise precipitation data and alerts for a 60-minute window of given location, and the new design builds on that feature with a new 24-hour forecast on the main screen. This provides an hourly breakdown of precipitation percentage, temperature, wind speed, humidity levels, and UV index data right below the next hour conditions.
For iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users, Dark Sky can now optionally tap into the Barometer on the phone’s internal M8 sensor for sharing pressure data for your location. Apple uses this sensor for determining elevation changes to offer data like the number of flights of steps climbed, but Dark Sky believes it can use this information to revolutionize on-the-ground forecasting:
For iPhone 6 users, we are also including the option to turn on automatic pressure sensor reporting. The iPhone 6 comes with a built-in barometer, primarily used for determining altitude. But there also exists the potential to revolutionize weather forecasting. If you opt-in, your phone will periodically submit pressure readings which will provide us with extremely useful meteorological data.
The update is packed with a ton of other new features including the ability to receive daily notifications for general weather conditions, custom notifications for conditions including temperature and UV index, and the iPad app supports landscape mode for the first time since the previous major redesign.
Dark Sky 5 is a free update for existing customers on the iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch, and new customers can pick up the hyperlocal weather app for $3.99 on the App Store.