Apple Maps to add user reviews and photos in US [u]

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in iOS edited April 22
Following the feature's appearance in selected countries like the UK, Apple Maps appears poised to add user reviews and photos in the U.S. and beyond.

Once enabled, visiting a site such as a theater will include a thumbs up or down icon
Once enabled, visiting a site such as a theater will include a thumbs up or down icon


Apple Maps has been adding the ability to include a thumbs up or down review, plus photos, to locations and businesses since an August 2020 beta of iOS 14. The "Ratings and Photos" feature has subsequently been included in the public releases of Apple Maps, but only in selected countries.

Now, as spotted by MacRumors, a U.S. location was shown having this recommendation option during a brief moment in the "Spring Loaded" event.

In a Map showing the Joshua Tree National Park, the words "Recommend this place" can be seen, alongside a pair of thumb up/down icons. It's likely, though not certain, that this will be introduced publicly alongside macOS 11.3, and iOS 14.5.

As used in other countries, Apple Maps does not automatically display the option to rate locations like this. Instead, users have to click on a location's icon, scroll to the bottom of the description that appears, and then click to rate.

Apple Maps then explains that the purpose is to help others, and that Siri will now suggest you rate places that you go to. There is also then a privacy notice about how "ratings and photos you share are linked to your Apple ID to ensure a safe experience."

The first time a user wants to add a photo or recommendation, Apple Maps explains how the data will be used
The first time a user wants to add a photo or recommendation, Apple Maps explains how the data will be used


This is presumably in order to provide some accountability, to prevent businesses over-rating themselves. Otherwise, Apple notes, "maps usage outside ratings and photos is not linked to your Apple ID."

Users have to choose a Continue button in order to enable the feature. After they've then add their first photos, or pressed on the thumbs up or down icons, that detail is posted. And now visiting other reviewable locations, such as theaters and restaurants, the prompt to rate is prominently displayed.

Update: Japanese blog Mac Otakara reports the feature expansion is live at select locations in that country, including Apple Stores. The publication notes the image upload service automatically obscures faces, though the same processing is not yet provided for car license plates.

Interestingly, ratings and photos are not made public and remain visible only to original posters. That will likely change once the feature officially rolls out.

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Comments

  • Reply 1 of 7
    Thumbs up on the addition of photos, thumbs down on the addition of ratings. Does the world need yet another largely useless electronic rating system?  
    edited April 22 Japheybeowulfschmidtwatto_cobra
  • Reply 2 of 7
    lkrupplkrupp Posts: 9,010member
    Thumbs down on ratings. Only unhappy people rate things and therefore the entire idea is ridiculous. User ratings are always biased toward the negative or they are manipulated by paid shills. They are not be believed.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 3 of 7
    Does this mean I wont be prompted to download the Yelp app when I click on anything in Maps? Hope so.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 4 of 7
    igorskyigorsky Posts: 502member
    lkrupp said:
    Only unhappy people rate things and therefore the entire idea is ridiculous. 
    Added to my "dumb things I've read on the internet" list.
    edited April 22 muthuk_vanalingamlolliverwatto_cobra
  • Reply 5 of 7
    crowleycrowley Posts: 7,638member
    lkrupp said:
    Thumbs down on ratings. Only unhappy people rate things and therefore the entire idea is ridiculous. User ratings are always biased toward the negative or they are manipulated by paid shills. They are not be believed.
    Yeah, the Royal Shakespeare Company and its army of thousands of paid shills  :D

    Not everyone is a miserable, misanthropic sod like you.
    igorskymuthuk_vanalingamlolliver
  • Reply 6 of 7
    avon b7avon b7 Posts: 5,689member
    lkrupp said:
    Thumbs down on ratings. Only unhappy people rate things and therefore the entire idea is ridiculous. User ratings are always biased toward the negative or they are manipulated by paid shills. They are not be believed.
    What you are saying is quite true, statistically speaking but it doesn't necessarily mean that ratings cannot be trusted.

    It is up to the reader to decide what they believe is bona-fide information.

    I'm a Google Guide and it helps me if other people with balanced opinions can post them as useful resources. You get to know what is manipulation and what isn't. Maybe you won't hit a 100% success rate but, again, statistically speaking, it's worth it.


    muthuk_vanalingam
  • Reply 7 of 7
    lolliverlolliver Posts: 423member
    Just checked a few places here in Australia and it appears to be live here also. 

    It's interesting that not all business or locations have the option to add photos or reviews. So far it seems the option isn't there for any banks or petrol (gas) stations. Most other places seem to have the option. Even the local hospital has the option to add photos and review.  
    edited April 22 watto_cobra
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