Apple Maps now lets users in the United States give a thumbs up to businesses. They can also submit a photo. The Ratings and Photo feature has been around for a while, but is just now expanding to the U.S.
Tell us what you really think
The first time the feature is used, a pop-up opens that says, in part, “Improve the Map. Rate places you visit and share photos to help others.”
Using the feature is simple enough. Apple Maps provides a page for each business. Americans will now see on this page the option give a thumbs up or a thumbs down.
Plus, users can now submit their own photos for this page.
This is a feature of iOS 14, not an iOS 15 beta. It’s available now to anyone using Apple’s most recent operating system. Though you do have to be in the US and handful of other countries, including the UK and Australia.
Apple Maps vs. Yelp
The business pages in Apple Maps now contain ratings and reviews sourced from Yelp. But that might someday no long be necessary… if enough users submit their own ratings directly to Apple’s navigation app.
Apple surely pays Yelp for access to its business ratings. Getting iPhone/Mac users to take on the job would save Apple that expense.