Whereas Android has lengthy allowed builders to answer evaluations on Google Play, that is the primary time Apple is giving its builders the identical alternative.
It seems like Apple will lastly permit builders to respond to customer reviews on each its App Retailer and Mac App Retailer. As per the newest developer documentation for the iOS 10.three beta, app makers could have the power to answer publicly posted evaluations — and in addition ask for critiques in several methods — in a matter of months.
In response to the “Managing App Retailer Scores and Evaluations” part within the iOS 10.three beta, when the newest working system ships to clients, “It is possible for you to to answer buyer evaluations on the App Retailer in a method that’s obtainable for all clients to see.” The superb print additionally notes that through the use of the SKStoreReviewController API, builders “can ask customers to fee or assessment your app whereas they’re utilizing it, with out sending them to the App Retailer.”
It’s a welcome change for iOS builders, and one which feels severely overdue. In any case, Android builders have lengthy had the choice to answer critiques on the Google Play Retailer. And this capability is about greater than saving face — addressing a damaging assessment can typically assist to clear up confusion a few function, or inform customers a few bug repair, or share information on updates.
Having a dialogue between the developer and the consumer can also assist with transparency, and encourage others to check out the app. And given the growing reputation and ubiquity of those purposes, having extra info at our fingertips is all the time good.
Additionally included within the new iOS are a pair different updates — there will probably be a ‘Find my AirPods’ option, in addition to extra strong Siri integration into numerous apps.
You’ll nonetheless have to attend a pair months for iOS 10.three, because it stays in beta for now.