Apple is now showing star ratings on the App Store for applications with fewer than 5 individual star reviews.
Shared exclusively with The Apple Post, developer Mike Irving revealed that overnight he noticed applications which previously had the App Store tag “Not Enough Ratings” were beginning to show star ratings, despite the fact they had less than Apple’s usual threshold of 5 reviews.
Previously, Apple required applications to receive a minimum of 5 ratings in the same store/country to display a general ratings and reviews summary, meaning if an app received 5 individual ratings in the United States a rating would be showed on the App Store, but if that same application only received 3 ratings in the United Kingdom, the overall app star rating would be hidden.
The updated ratings and reviews system will be welcomed news for small-scale developers who are building an audience or don’t use Apple’s Store
From our own testing, apps that have never been reviewed still show the “Not Enough Ratings” tag. Apple is yet to publicly announce that it has changed the way it displays app ratings. – The Apple Post has been able to verify that the change also applies to the Mac App Store.