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Imagine waking up early in the morning with the intention of going for a run, only to be greeted by an unexpected downpour when you glance out the window. Or heading to the office dressed comfortably in a polo and chinos, only to be struck by an icy gust of wind that catches you off guard. Your teeth start chattering, and your day is ruined. Thankfully, this was a reality we left behind long ago thanks to weather apps on our smartphones. However, if you are an Apple Watch user, you may feel like you’ve been transported back to the 1990s, as your weather app has become unusable in one aspect.
According to the company’s own system status webpage, the app is experiencing a bug that is causing many users to be unable to access the service. Common occurrences when checking the app include slow updates, a message stating that there is no current data available, or even complete inability to access the data. What makes this situation even more troubling for some users is that it is a primary app that comes pre-installed on all iPhones and Apple Watches.
Apple Weather falls short compared to a superior app
Like any large corporation, especially in the technology industry, Apple used its influence to acquire a smaller company and then sought to integrate it into its systems. Dark Sky was a beloved weather app that had gained a large user base. In 2020, Apple acquired the app, resulting in its exclusivity for Apple users and an attempt to incorporate its features into a new app called WeatherKit API, available in the Apple Store.
Now that the Weather app is clearly disappointing users, many Apple customers are asking for the return of Dark Sky or the option to use a third-party app that actually works.
How significant is this issue?
Apple is a major tech giant with abundant resources, so it’s expected that this issue will be resolved soon. Companies like Apple, Google, and Microsoft are accustomed to identifying and resolving bugs in their systems. However, there is an additional layer to this problem, as it actually originated in the spring. Discovering that this problem has persisted throughout the entire summer without a solution is quite frustrating for customers.
As far as resolving the issue on your end, it seems that the most straightforward options are likely ones you have already attempted. The most common suggestions include uninstalling and reinstalling the app, updating your phone’s iOS software to the latest version, or ensuring that your location and access settings are correct. However, until Apple rectifies the bug, you may find yourself needing to carry an umbrella or wearing a coat even on a sunny day.