Apple finally lets you rate its apps on the App Store
You have the option to redownload Apple’s internal apps for a while, but you haven’t been allowed to write App Store reviews for them like you can for third-party titles. However, Apple is now treating its apps more on an equal footing. 9to5Mac Remarks Apple has quietly enabled App Store ratings and reviews for its own software. If you want to praise it improvements to Maps or Mail Trash you can.
The review volume is relatively low compared to equivalent third-party apps that have been around for years, like Gmail or Google Maps. However, you won’t be surprised to learn that the ratings are relatively low. Apple’s Podcast client sits at two stars as of this writing, while Apple News sits at 2.3 stars. Maps only partially fixed its early reputation with a three star rating. As with third-party software, some customers use Ratings and Reviews to complain about technical issues rather than design.
The change treats Apple’s apps more fairly and could even be useful in helping the company spot and respond to criticism. He could also see this as another way to improve public perception of the App Store. In addition to an Epic lawsuit that may soon force Apple to change app store policies, the iPhone maker has stopped focusing on its own applications in the rankings and reduce its cut application revenue from small developers. Ratings and reviews won’t drastically change Apple’s image, but they likely won’t hurt.