In what will surely be met with a sigh of relief from developers, Apple has stopped people running beta versions of iOS from writing reviews of apps in the App Store.
Many of these reviews tend to be negative because developers have yet to optimize their apps to run the latest prerelease software version. As a result, apps run on a beta version of iOS are far more likely to crash, or feature bugs.
Beta users who try to leave reviews on the App Store will now be met with a message reading, “You can’t write reviews while using a prerelease version of iOS.”
Not having to worry about their reputation being damaged by beta users means that developers won’t feel obliged to quickly create fixes and patches designed for the latest prerelease software.
Historical app reviews won’t be affected by the change, which only impacts on user reviews submitted from this point on.
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