Apple gets feedback on apps and now it wants to share that with developers.
According to Mike Wuerthele at AppleInsider, “As part of feedback collected by Apple, when iOS 10.3 ships to customers the company is adding the ability for an app’s developer to respond to complaints or praise, with the response available for all to see in the App Store —and more improvements for developers are coming.”
Reports indicate that Apple confirmed in the release notes for the iOS 10.3 beta released this week that developers will “be able to respond to customer reviews on the App Store in a way that is available for all customers to see.”
In addition, this feature could be added to the Mac App Store, though a definite date is not known.
“This was way up there in what our developers were looking for,” according to an AppleInsider source.
According to Wuerthele, though the iOS and Xcode beta releases include an API via which developers can ask for a review, the iPhone system software itself “determines if the timing is suitable for the request.”
“In recent months, Apple has listened to developers more than it has in the past, with one response to complaints being a clean-up of the app store,” notes AppleInsider. “The effort began in September, with 47,300 broken and outdated App Store titles removed in October alone.”