One Annoying Aspect of Your iPhone May Soon Be Less Annoying

It happens a couple of times a week: a dialogue box from an app that I used regularly (Audible, The Weather Network, Plane Finder) pops up asking me to rate the app. And no many times I hit “cancel,” that naggy dialogue box will come up again in the new future.

Look, app developers, I know you need feedback on your work because it helps your standing in the App Store. But at the same time, you need to learn to take a hint. If I’m not going to rate your app the first five times, what are the chances that I’m going to rate it sometime in the future? I tell you what they are: zero.

Apple seems to understand this, which is why they’re thinking about limiting the number of times an app can asked to be rated. From Reccode:

Apple is finally doing something to crack down on all those annoying reminders to go rate an iPhone program in the App Store.

With the next update to iOS 10, Apple is trying to limit how often developers can prompt customers to rate and review their app.

Currently, there are no hard limits on the prompts, which have reached epidemic levels of annoyance and frequency in recent months, as developers become increasingly dependent on ratings and reviews to get noticed within the ever more crowded App Store.

For some time now, Apple has been working on a more standard approach. With iOS 10.3, now in beta testing, the company is adding a mechanism that allows developers to seek reviews and ratings up to three times per year.

Apple is also adding the ability for iPhone owners to rate and review apps without having to leaving the program they are in.
Read on.


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