Apple’s Weather app on iPhone is unavailable to many users today. The problems started around midnight ET and continued throughout the morning in many locations. iPhone owners have reported opening the Weather app and not finding any cached data or old weather information.
9to5Mac notes that while the main Weather app is broken for many, the Apple Watch version works just fine for people. Apple issued a support notification earlier today noting that “some users are affected” by the lack of weather data. Support note from Apple says “next hour’s precipitation may not be available to Alaska due to a data provider outage,” but the problem is much more widespread than just Alaska.
Apple’s Weather app problems come just a week after Dark Sky briefly returned. Apple acquired Dark Sky in 2020 and shut it down and moved some features to the Weather app. The Dark Sky app returned shortly from the dead last week before disappearing again.
When Apple’s new Weather app works, it has some great improvements thanks to the Dark Sky integration, but many still miss the dedicated Dark Sky app. Apple has added rain alerts, but you can’t control whether you want alerts for light, medium, or heavy rain, which is especially annoying in countries like England where it rains a lot of. Apple is based in California’s Silicon Valley, where it rarely rains, so Apple’s software engineers probably forgot to port that essential feature from Dark Sky.