Developers Able to Respond to Customer Reviews in iOS 10.3 and macOS Sierra 10.12.4 [Updated]

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Alongside iOS 10.3 and macOS Sierra 10.12.4, Apple is introducing new App Store review features for developers.

    Going forward, developers will be able to respond to customer reviews on the App Store "in a way that is available for all customers to see." This will allow developers to address negative reviews for the first time ever, something that has long been a point of contention in the iOS and Mac App Stores.

    Previously, developers have had no way to respond to issues that customers report via an app review, or to further converse with a customer that has been having trouble with an app.

    Developers are also able to ask customers to provide App Store ratings and reviews while using an app, allowing developers to get immediate feedback without requiring a customer to switch over to the App Store.

    Apps are currently able to ask for reviews and ratings during usage, but doing so requires the App Store app to be opened up, interrupting an app or gameplay experience.

    The new App Store ratings and reviews changes will be available to developers when iOS 10.3 and macOS Sierra 10.12.4 are made available to the public.

    Update: Apple also plans to limit the number of times developers can ask customers to write an App Store review for an app. Only three requests per year will be permitted.

    Article Link: Developers Able to Respond to Customer Reviews in iOS 10.3 and macOS Sierra 10.12.4 [Updated]
  2. Corrode macrumors 6502a


    Dec 26, 2008
    Calgary, AB
    Glad they're improving this. Even when I've wanted to leave a review after being asked, I have to switch to the App Store, click reviews, click leave a review, then type my App Store password, then write it. Rarely do I make it through that process.
  3. andy.ringwood Suspended

    Nov 20, 2016
    This is good news. One thing I hope they change is, instead of inserting your Apple ID password EVERYTIME you want to submit a review, they allow Touch ID.
  4. Cosmosent macrumors 6502a


    Apr 20, 2016
    La Jolla, CA
    This is absolutely fantastic good news !
  5. KALLT macrumors 601

    Sep 23, 2008
    I hope that developers will adopt the new APIs quickly so that I can get rid of these popups for good. :)
  6. IGI2 macrumors 6502a


    May 6, 2015

    I can purchase (or my kid when I'm asleep by touching with my finger!) but I can't write a review? TouchID too insecure to validate COMMENTS?!
  7. otternonsense macrumors 65816


    Jul 25, 2016
    Imagine if it was Apple's developers actually conversing with their disgruntled product users. Maybe macrumors would be pretty vanilla after all the frustration is vented where it should instead of complaining on a forum ;)
  8. Avieshek Suspended


    Dec 7, 2013
  9. iDento macrumors 6502


    Sep 8, 2011
    iCloud Servers

    I'm not a developer, but this will make me pay more for apps with better support, which is better for the AppStore ecosystem in general.
  10. OldSchoolMacGuy Suspended


    Jul 10, 2008
    Great news. Though, hopefully people will also learn that reviews are NOT the spot to go for support. If you have an issue, take it to the support channels. In many cases the problem is easy to solve or caused by the user, rather than the app itself. Developers don't deserve to have their product rankings drop because of easily solved issues, yet few will go back and revise their review once the problem is resolved.
  11. dantastic macrumors 6502a


    Jan 21, 2011
    This is fantactic! ( I'm an iOS developer )

    It has long been difficult to get balanced reviews. People tend to just review an app when they're a bit annoyed with it. Hopefully this will help to get more reviews and balance the content a bit.

    Also being able to respond is great. Often you just want the person to reach out, there may be an easy fix already available or you need more info in order to troubleshoot and fix the issue.

    Not to mention the, fortunately small number but, malicious reviews.
  12. wolfshades macrumors 6502


    Nov 1, 2007
    Toronto, Ontario Canada
    This is great news! So often I've seen negative reviews - bonafide ones - where this or the other feature isn't working. Even if a developer was able to say "we're aware of the problem and are working on a fix for the next release, due at (whatever date)", it would go a long way toward client satisfaction.
  13. verpeiler macrumors 6502a


    May 11, 2013
    Munich, Germany
    Good. Something the Play Store has for years.
  14. naeS1Sean macrumors 6502a


    Oct 14, 2011
    Scranton, PA
    That's great. It will give idiotic "0 star" reviewers some accountability.

    "Your personal time and exhaustion isn't even worth 1 star because it crashed on me and asked me for a dollar!"
  15. LordCoe13 macrumors regular


    Sep 9, 2014
    Chicago, IL
    Especially when I want to leave a good review. Totally agree with you
  16. ethanwa79 macrumors regular

    Sep 13, 2014
    I'm just glad this isn't one of the "magical new features" of iOS 11.
  17. GoldenJoe macrumors 6502

    Apr 26, 2011
    Useless. The app stores problem is DISCOVERABILITY. When only 0.01% of your developers are making enough money from their apps to care about ratings, only 0.01% are going to respond to them.
  18. Nunyabinez macrumors 68000


    Apr 27, 2010
    Provo, UT
    I'm not a developer anymore, but even as a user when I see someone post a one-star review where they say "I bought this because I thought it would do X and it doesn't" I wish that I could reply to them and say "Did you see anywhere where it claimed it does X?".

    I think this feature will help me when I go to purchase an app and I see the developer has explained why something is the way it is, or that a feature isn't allowed, or is coming soon. I feel bad for developers who get worse reviews because of the ignorance of a buyer.

    A similar example is that I recently bought a Visio E series 4K TV. They don't have a tuner, because it's like 2017. The description clearly states this and yet the average review is low because some people are too dumb to know what they are purchasing.

    I know it's a slippery slope to remove dumb reviews, but this goes a long way toward giving more information when you see widely differing reviews for an app.
  19. nt5672 macrumors 68000

    Jun 30, 2007
    I don't think I have written a positive thing about Apple recently, but this is fantastic.
  20. c0ppo macrumors 65816


    Feb 11, 2013
    Useless? Nope, I'm afraid it's not useless. It's something us developers will really appreciate. And so will users.

    About the other part of your post that I have bolded I agree completely. App Store has become a rich mans game. Actually, a 'big company' game so to speak. To make some money as a indie developer is still possible, but pretty damn hard. And introducing payed ads on App Store isn't helping either. But don't expect that to bi fixed, since in Apples eyes it doesn't need fixing.
  21. TurboPGT! Suspended

    Sep 25, 2015
    Even better, there is now a toggle in App Store settings to turn off the ability for Apps to prompt you for a review in the first place.

    I toggled that one off and will never look back.
  22. Pamela5 macrumors member


    Jul 18, 2016
    As a new iPhone user I had no idea this wasn't implemented yet. android has offered this feature for years so I thought it was the norm.
  23. BasicGreatGuy Contributor


    Sep 21, 2012
    In the middle of several books.
    This is long overdue. Apple should have implemented this a lot earlier, in my opinion.
  24. Peeetski macrumors member


    May 14, 2014
    This is great!
    I've had a few technical glitches with my (free) app and that's one of the few times people bothered to review.
    It's so frustrating just having them sit there and not being able to do anything about it.

    Also making the review process easier is a refreshing change :)
  25. Vorkeyjones macrumors member


    Aug 20, 2016

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