Apple finally allows users to rate its preinstalled apps
For years, the only Apple apps users could rate or review on the App Store were the ones they could optionally install, such as the iWork suite. So if you wanted to rate the iTunes Store, Measure, or Mail apps, you simply couldn’t. This has raised many questions throughout the years, but Apple has provided no clear reason for blocking public feedback on some of its apps. Fortunately for us, but not Apple, this isn’t the case anymore.
It’s unclear when exactly Apple made this change, but we have found reviews on preinstalled Apple apps (via 9to5Mac) that go back at least ten days. The change is very welcome because users should be able to evaluate and read other people’s thoughts on apps they’re considering using — or ditching. It probably isn’t all that great for Apple, though, because some apps are getting very low ratings. While some of them are well-earned, plenty are 1-star spams by users stating that they’re doing it for no particular reason at all.
Apple may have introduced this change because they always claim to be equal to third-party developers, in terms of App Store privileges at least. So if third parties are forced to have reviews and ratings enabled on all of their apps, it only makes sense for Apple to treat all its apps in the same way. This could also help the company dodge a few bullets in future antitrust lawsuits.
While I appreciate the ability to view other users’ evaluations of Apple apps, it’s a shame that you can’t take all reviews seriously. As pictured in the screenshot above, some people are just doing it out of spite. This affects the apps’ average rating, making the reviews an unreliable source for feedback.
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