iOS 8 abandons Yahoo weather app

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Apple is continuing to separate itself from outside companies by ceasing to use Yahoo's weather service app, switching instead to The Weather Channel.

The weather app for iOS 8 will use services from The Weather Channel instead of Yahoo. Yahoo has been using data from The Weather Channel to provide information to the app regardless, with the move merely serving to eliminate the "middle man".

David Kenney, ex-Yahoo board member and Weather Channel CEO, has reportedly been developing the app for some time. With the iOS weather app, information such as extended forecasts and location-aware weather data will now be available to users.

Reports are also stating that the iOS 8 weather app includes text descriptions of the day's conditions, including time of sunrise and sunset, chance of rain, wind speed and direction, humidity percentage and "feels like" temperature.

The decision to drop the service from the iOS 8 app marks the end of a seven year partnership between Apple and Yahoo. The move away from using certain other companies for apps reflects Apple's previous move of opting to use Bing as its default search provider over Google.

Caroline Preece

Caroline has been writing about technology for more than a decade, switching between consumer smart home news and reviews and in-depth B2B industry coverage. In addition to her work for IT Pro and Cloud Pro, she has contributed to a number of titles including Expert Reviews, TechRadar, The Week and many more. She is currently the smart home editor across Future Publishing's homes titles.

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