As of now, users can rate all Apple apps in the App Store. However, not every app from the company scores well.
Previously, Apple’s own apps such as Mail, Stocks and Calculator were tightly integrated into the iOS operating system. In the meantime, you can simply uninstall the apps and download them again from the App Store if needed. But until now, Apple did not allow iPhone users to submit reviews as they do with other apps. The company has now changed that. From now on, you can rate virtually any Apple app that’s available in the App Store.
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Mixed ratings for Apple apps
The change seems to be part of the update to iOS 15, as reported by the site “9to5Mac”. A large number of reviews have already been posted in the English-language version of the App Store. But there are also a few star ratings and comments in the German version. The translation app is probably the worst. The app only received 2.3 stars on average out of five ratings. The only comment: “The app opens, but nothing is translated (…)”. Apple Maps and the stock app also do not score well with 2.7 stars.
The Calculator app and the iTunes Store, on the other hand, have good ratings with 4.3 stars each. The only criticism of the calculator is that it is not suitable for “(solving) complicated functions”.
App ratings can help in the search for better alternatives
It is commendable that Apple now allows users to rate the company’s own apps. This can help users find a possibly better alternative in the App Store. Google has also allowed the rating of its own apps, which are preinstalled on most Android smartphones, for a long time.
Only apps from Apple that are no longer integrated into iOS can be evaluated. These include Mail, Calculator, Stocks, Files, Shortcuts, and even Tips. Pre-installed apps that cannot be deleted, including FaceTime, Messages, Phone and Camera, are not available in the App Store and therefore cannot be rated.