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 as equals. 9to5Mac notes Apple has quietly enabled App Store ratings and reviews for its own software. If you want to praise improvements to Maps or Junk Mail, you can.
Review volume is relatively low compared to equivalent third-party apps that have been around for years, like Gmail or Google Maps. However, it won’t surprise you to learn that the ratings are relatively low. Apple’s Podcasts client ranks at two stars as of this writing, while Apple News ranks at 2.3 stars. Maps has only partially repaired your early reputation with a three-star rating. As with third-party software, some customers are using ratings and reviews to complain about technical issues rather than design.
The change treats Apple applications more fairly and could even be useful in helping the company detect and respond to criticism. You might also see this as another way to improve public perception of the App Store. As well as an epic lawsuit that could soon force Apple to modify App Store policies, the iPhone maker has stopped favoring their own apps in rankings and reduced his cut of small developer app revenue. Ratings and reviews won’t drastically change Apple’s image, but they probably won’t hurt.
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