As you may have noticed, things have slowed down for us. We never released an update for the iPhone 5 and WeatherSnitch is no longer available in the App Store. We purposefully removed it in early April while we contemplated its future, which admittedly was not looking bright. For those that may not know, operating a business is onerous to say the least. Developing products, whether that be software or hardware, can be very costly. Unfortunately for us, developing WeatherSnitch was expensive, very expensive. Our desire to build a high quality, highly detailed application cost us a fortune. The truth is, WeatherSnitch is unsustainable. The cost of maintenance and development has increasingly exceeded revenues. While the App Store is a terrific way to distribute software, it's difficult to thrive as a business. Consumer expectation has created an aggressive pricing model among developers; one that reduces margins to the point where ongoing development is not feasible. For certain apps, ongoing development is not necessary. For weather apps, it's absolutely necessary. Weather apps demand more than just an application, they require a back end service constantly updating with new information. This service creates additional overhead that many applications do not require. While it's true you can acquire weather data from a variety of sources — including some for free — the quality is often questionable. If you want high quality information, it comes with a high price.
What upset us the most isn't the money lost, it's disappointing our loyal customers. Many of whom we speak to regularly. You purchased our apps, wrote reviews and even told your friends to get our apps. If it was not for you we would have never lasted this long.
What happens now?
As of June 1, 2013 WeatherSnitch will no longer be in service. While the software will continue to function, it will no longer receive updated weather information. We have invested many years developing WeatherSnitch and letting it die is the last thing we want. We are currently negotiating an acquisition. When, or if a deal is made, we will make an announcement. In the meantime, please enjoy what may be WeatherSnitch's last days.
Thank you for using WeatherSnitch and for supporting us these past few years.
— Snitchware Team
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