App Store Surfacing Old Reviews From as Early as 2008 for Some Users

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Since at least the iOS 11 beta, the App Store has been prioritizing old reviews from several years ago for some users. Now that the software update is publicly released, we're starting to receive more user reports about the change.

    The first review for Facebook's app is from 2008

    On my own iPhone, the first review for Facebook is from 2008, the year the App Store launched. The reviewer called it a nice app that allows him to stop using Facebook over text messaging, which is clearly a dated comment.

    Similarly, the first review I can see for the Skype app is seven years old. The reviewer said he was glad the app finally has the ability to make phone calls over a 3G network, a feature added way back in May 2010.

    Old reviews appeared at or near the top of the list for several regularly updated apps in my testing, including Airbnb, Dropbox, Google Maps, Instagram, Minecraft, Netflix, Twitter, Waze, WhatsApp, Yelp, and YouTube.

    The top reviews for Google's app are six to nine years old

    It's worth noting that I live in Canada. A few MacRumors editors living in the United States checked the App Store and saw much newer reviews for the Facebook app, although they were shown a three-year-old review for the Google app.

    A handful of MacRumors forum members living in the United States report seeing very old reviews, however, so there doesn't appear to be any consistency to this change. Your mileage may vary completely.

    "Now I have to wade through 6-yr-old app reviews, which are worthless," said MacRumors forum member AllergyDoc, whose location is listed as Utah.

    "For example Evernote, the first four reviews are older than three years old," said MacRumors forum member vahdyx, who lives in Colorado. "One of the reviews were from when Obama was a new president."

    Many users are frustrated because Apple currently provides no way to sort the reviews in a different order on iOS 11.

    Ideally, the App Store should be displaying reviews in reverse chronological order to ensure the newest comments are at the top. A few slightly older reviews mixed in is surely fine, but reviews from 2008 aren't particularly helpful.

    Previously, reviews would only show for the latest version of an app, but that is currently not the case on both iOS 10 and iOS 11.

    It's quite possible that this is simply a bug, and if so, it's probably an easy fix that might not even require a software update. MacRumors has reached out to Apple for comment, and we'll update this article if we hear anything back.

    Article Link: App Store Surfacing Old Reviews From as Early as 2008 for Some Users
  2. Sirious macrumors 65816


    Jan 2, 2013
    United Kingdom
    9 years ago... Whoaaaa.
    The nostalgic feeling is real though!

    They should allow you to sort ratings/reviews by date.
  3. hassaan22 macrumors newbie


    Oct 6, 2015
    The new App Store review sorting is so horrible. Makes reviews pretty useless when the only reviews you see are 2+ years old and are completely irrelevant to the app’s state today
  4. Radeon85 macrumors 6502

    Mar 16, 2012
    South Wales, UK
    Same issue here. Some reviews a few weeks back, a few years or months.

    All the dates are mixed o_O
  5. Michaelgtrusa macrumors 604

    Oct 13, 2008
    This may be the case in the Mac App Store , i'll recheck.
  6. Paddle1 macrumors 68040

    May 1, 2013
  7. ILikeAllOS macrumors 6502


    Jul 28, 2011
    Tampa Bay
    You can definitely tell it is an older review just by the usage of the word "woot" :rolleyes:
  8. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
  9. ck2875 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 25, 2009
    Yeah, I would like to think that maraa77 is able to use it on their Blackberry by now...
  10. macfacts macrumors 68040


    Oct 7, 2012
    Get rid of 32bit apps but keep the positive reviews. Smart.
  11. Foxglove9 macrumors 68000


    Jan 14, 2006
    New York City
    That is just awful. I always change sorting to "Most Recent" but I haven't used the App Store on iOS 11 yet.
  12. whyamihere macrumors 6502


    Jun 30, 2008
    I appreciate the consistency. Making the app store reviews as useless as its search.
  13. OldSchoolMacGuy Suspended


    Jul 10, 2008
    They should remove those reviews when they threw out the old 32-bit versions.
  14. ovo6 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 10, 2015
  15. Garrod Suspended


    Nov 13, 2008
    Why? 32 bit reviews might be useful for those who either don't want to upgrade to iOS 11 or have older devices that can't run it.
  16. AllergyDoc macrumors 68000


    Mar 17, 2013
    Utah, USA
    You can sort review in High Sierra. Looking at the reviews on iOS 11.0.1 is an excise in futility. And now that I updated my Mini to 11, I can't use it to sort reviews correctly. It seems like a software issue as there is no button to tap to change the way reviews are viewed.
  17. alayal macrumors member

    Dec 8, 2015
    The App Store is a mess. In Spain you can’t go to the wallets compatible apps from wallet or Siri’s from Siri, there is not compatible apps what is a mess
  18. Superhappytree macrumors 6502a


    Sep 10, 2015
    Still finding this redesign to be so utterly terrible. It’s much harder to read reviews; I spent a minute just looking around to find the “See All” button to read all reviews which isn’t even a button, it’s just tossed to the side in blue text. Have to figure out where the size of the app is which is all the way at the bottom. Too much blinding white space everywhere. Laggy when scrolling with constant frame drops everywhere. Just terrible.
  19. simonmet, Sep 27, 2017
    Last edited: Sep 27, 2017

    simonmet macrumors 68020


    Sep 9, 2012
    This is kind of funny but it also highlights deeper and more serious issues at Apple if this sort of thing can make it to released software. It’s basically just incompetence.

    Those massive bold fonts and layout are even more offensive than the old reviews.
  20. Ooskalabebe macrumors newbie


    Sep 16, 2016
    I see, so they've adopted the Facebook/Instagram way of displaying feeds
  21. BlueBook macrumors newbie


    Jun 22, 2017
    I’ve noticed that the version history for several apps is showing the most recent couple of updates as happening minutes ago, instead of the usual days, weeks, or months. Not a big deal by itself, but with this old reviews problem I wonder if it indicates some sort of chronological issue with the App Store.
  22. RobinInOR macrumors 6502a


    Sep 14, 2014
    I’ve put in so many feedback items during the betas with this issue. How hard is it to sort reverse date? It’s like they’re sorting by modified date instead of created date.
  23. motm95 macrumors regular

    Aug 19, 2010
    I also have this problem. I also don't see how to re-sort the list of reviews by most recent or whatever in the App Store on iOS 11. Is there no way to do that any more?
  24. fede777 macrumors newbie


    May 10, 2017
    Probably a server side issue that will be fixed soon.
  25. Porco macrumors 68030


    Mar 28, 2005
    Hah, imagine people posting the same things 9 years later!!

    *looks at own signature*

    Oh... I mean... seems quite sensible to me. :oops:;)

    I’m sure this will get fixed in some way... but I think the new app store is quite unpleasant. And I didn’t like the old one.

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