By Adam Grossman on March 10, 2015.
From the first time I strapped on an Apple Watch, I knew it was the platform Dark Sky was always meant for.
I often miss Dark Sky notifications whenever my iPhone isn’t on me. And the times I care most about getting rained on—when I’m outside my home—are the very times I’m least likely to want to pull a phone out of my pocket. Hell, it takes longer to fish it out than it does to check the notification itself.
Getting a Dark Sky notification on your wrist just feels different. A little chime, a gentle tap on your wrist, and a quick glance; the effortlessness of it makes it feel qualitatively different than receiving a notification on your phone. It’s both far less intrusive and far less likely to be missed.
The app isn’t just about notifications, however. It’s a full-featured weather app designed from scratch to fit on your wrist, providing detailed current conditions and an overview of today and the next five days. Here’s what it looks like:
The main screen contains details of the next hour, and can be scrolled down to reveal additional information: wind, humidity, visibility, etc. Swiping to the right reveals pages with overviews of the next five days which contain high/low temperature, a detailed summary, and a chart of hour-by-hour conditions throughout the day.
But, of course, notifications are the key feature. Here’s what an incoming Dark Sky notification looks like (notice that it includes a graph of precipitation to provide additional context without having to launch the app):
Overall, I’m extremely pleased with how it turned out. It’s not often that you get the chance to design for an entirely new platform, especially one so well suited to the task.
Dark Sky for Apple Watch will be a free upgrade, available on day one.