Apple makes another App Store concession

With the release of iOS 15, the company for the first time allows customers to review Apple’s own apps.

From Benjamin Mayo’s “Apple now lets you share how much you love or hate built-in apps via App Store reviews” posted Wednesday on 9to5Mac:

For the longest time, the App Store did not allow users to rate or review Apple’s built-in iPhone and iPad apps, like Mail, Music, News, Stocks and Calculator. However, seemingly since the release of iOS 15 earlier this month, Apple has now lifted that restriction. It is now open season for App Store feedback on Apple’s stock apps.

As you might expect, customer feedback is already flooding in for Apple’s apps, with the Podcasts app currently faring the worst statistically with a 2.0 rating …

My take: If you’re unhappy with Podcasts, may I recommend Overcast?

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  1. Robert Varipapa said:
    Overcast has been my ‘go to’ podcast app – I use it everyday!
    Only issue now is some podcasters are going to subscription models that only work with Apple’s or other proprietary apps (eg: Horace Dediu and Joe Rogan’s podcasts.)

    Wish there was a way they would allow me to listen to them on Overcast. I have a Sam Harris subscription which does work with Overcast. If he can figure it out, why can’t the others?

    For now, I’m boycotting these subscription apps. Luckily there is a ton of great stuff still available on Overcast!

    September 30, 2021
  2. David Emery said: is a hot mess, on the Mac and iOS. It’s not just bugs, but major holes in usability. And it’s been that way for years, in 2021 there’s no excuse for a Calendar application that is not fully thought through…

    September 30, 2021
  3. Alan Hochstein said:
    I just wrote a nasty review for Apple Maps under iOS 15. It is now unreadable.

    September 30, 2021
    • John Konopka said:
      Really? Why? I use Apple Maps all the time. Works great for me.

      September 30, 2021
      • Bart Yee said:
        I agree and have had better experiences over the last year with Apple Maps instead of Google Maps. Recently we stayed in a rental home on the Central California coast and Apple Maps directed me there easily from 3 different starting points. My friends using Google maps kept getting misdirected to a street up the hill and about 1/4 mile away even though it identified it as the correct address. Cell service wasn’t great in the area (hilly) so maybe cell tower triangulation wasn’t helpful enough. GPS seemed to work fine though.

        In the LA/OC area, no problems with Apple Maps and Google doesn’t get my location or trip info.

        October 1, 2021
        • Kirk DeBernardi said:
          Count me happy. Apple Maps works just fine.

          The bad reputation people have long cast upon it is now solidly undeserved and way too long in the tooth.

          October 2, 2021

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