Apple Improves AppStore’s Review System
Ten days back I wrote about how AppStore’s review system can use some improvements.
In case of Movies or Music, the content never changes. The publisher posts a movie or a song and the song itself never changes. The reviews provided by the users kind of stays true for the life time of the movie/song. This is certainly not the case for applications in AppStore. There could a negative feedback on the first version of the application. The developer could’ve fixed it in the subsequent version, but this is not reflected in the feedback. More often than not, the reviewer never comes back to edit a review even after several updates to the application. This kind of leaves the review system to the disadvantage of the developer and even the user because the info is outdated. I myself see this in reviews of my app where a negative review of the first version stays on the top even after this the issues mentioned in the review have been fixed.
Well, it turns out, Apple just rolled out an update exactly along the same lines – allowing users to view the reviews of the latest version. The key changes in the latest update include…
The reviews are now sorted by recent date.
Previously reviews were sorted by the number of user votes, which meant earlier reviews get to the main page – either positive or negative. This meant old reviews showed up and it didn’t make sense. With these new changes, the reviews are sorted, listing the recent reviews first. This means, the reviews are referring to the recent version. This was the case in the AppStore on iPhone. But, I am glad to see these changes in the iTunes.
You can just view reviews for current version
You can just choose to view the reviews for the latest version, which is very useful for both users and developers. This feature is also updated on the AppStore on iPhone. You’ll see the version number beside the review title on your iPhone.
Separate ratings for Recent Version & All Versions
We earlier has just one rating for the application. Now, there are two ratings. One for the recent version and second for overall reviews for all versions.
Screenshot for my Flight Status App
These are great changes from AppStore. Previously, review system was common across entire iTunes. I am very glad to see Apple making AppStore specific changes to make it more useful. As I mentioned earlier, Apple is improving AppStore almost every week. These recent changes are very welcome. Keep it coming Apple.