Apple has introduced the ability for users to rate built-in iOS apps in the App Store. This was not possible before and the change allows users to share their experiences and provide feedback to Apple with the help of reviews. Apps like Files, Apple Maps, Apple Home and Apple News – now have options for user ratings and reviews on the Store. Most of these Apple apps have poor ratings on the App Store so far, but it’s too soon to call it that and these ratings may not accurately reflect how these apps actually fare.
9to5Mac reports that Apple lifted the restriction to rate and review Apple’s built-in apps for iPhone and iPads with the release of iOS 15. This means apps like Mail, Music, News, Stocks and Calculator can also be rated and reviewed.
Surprisingly, Apple’s Podcasts app currently performs among the worst, with only a 2.0 rating. At the time of writing this the reviews were largely complaints from users who were annoyed with the redesign. Apple News has received a 2.3-star rating with frequent app crash complaints. The Translate app also has just 2.2 stars and users are comparing it with Google Translate in the reviews section.
On the other hand, the Voice Memos app has got a 4-star rating, and even the Weather app is relatively good with 3.7 stars. Only Apple apps that can be removed and reinstalled through the App Store can be rated and reviewed. For example, Phone and Messages are the main apps and cannot be removed, therefore, are not listed in the App Store.
Although Apple did not officially announce the rollout of this policy change, the move is likely because third-party apps are prohibited from hiding their ratings. Even with the recent privacy label, third-party apps have been reluctant to share what data is used by the app for greater transparency. Therefore, Apple may want to set a standard by giving equal treatment to its own apps.
As mentioned, most of these apps don’t have a lot of reviews and ratings because the policy change is quite new. Therefore, users should not rely solely on these ratings and reviews when deciding to install the built-in iOS app.