With iOS 14 last year, Apple introduced a new rating and photo system for points of interest in Apple Maps that was built entirely by the company without relying on third-party services. These features are now being rolled out to US users.
Apple Maps has always relied on third-party platforms such as Foursquare, Yelp and TripAdvisor to view reviews of a place on the map. While this had the benefit of having thousands of reviews from these partners’ databases, users had to download other apps to submit their own reviews.
With the release of iOS 14 in 2020, Apple has introduced its own solution for reviews in the Apple Maps app. However, the company surprisingly began testing it in only a few countries in Europe, and then it expanded to more countries in Asia and Latin America.
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Apple also offers an option to upload a photo of your business, which is displayed along with reviews from Yelp or other platforms. Unfortunately, there is still no alternative to writing a text review using Apple’s new system. To access the new Apple Maps ranking system, users must have a device running iOS 14 or later.
With a new expansion of these new features, it’s not hard to imagine that Apple plans to grill with its partners in the future just to keep its own review solution in the Apple Maps app. The list of countries that already support Apple’s own rating system in Apple Maps is available on the company’s website.
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