Tuesday, February 27, 2001 ..:: Home ::.. Register  Login
   TechTidBits (Blog)  

Hey Apple, Exactly How Many IS Enough For A Rating Average?

Feb 6

Written by:
Monday, February 06, 2012 8:43 PM  RssIcon

imageI saw an article talking about Air Canada’s iPhone app, so I went to check it out.  Maybe Apple’s using “new Math” but……?

I saw Air Canada’s iPhone app featured tonight, so I thought I would check it out!  I was interested in finding out what the ratings were, DOH!  I couldn’t help but laugh when I saw the iTunes page.


If you still don’t see it, let me help you (yes, haha I’m MORE than happy to point THIS out! HAHA)


HHHHHHMMMMMM  There’s 570 ratings, but THAT’S NOT ENOUGH for an average?  hhhhmmm somethings not right there.  Ok, ok, so if you’re an Apple FanBoy reading this (must be a Leafs fan too I’m guessing? Oh, sorry, you guys STILL think you have a shot at the Cup eh? LOL) you’ll be all too quick to point out the “for the current version of …”  blah blah blah.  It’s version 3.3, you mean to tell me for EVERY minor POINT release you reset the ratings?  Huh?  That’s not right!  I can understand for a 2.3 to a 3.0, but not a 3.2 to a 3.3.  Just seems wrong to me.

Now that I got that chuckle out of my system, it’s time to grab a coffee and get coding!



Apple iTunes: Air Canada

Location: Blogs Parent Separator TechTidBits

3 comment(s) so far...


Re: Hey Apple, Exactly How Many IS Enough For A Rating Average?

May this apple fan point out... the overall rating is right there 3.5 stars of all versions. The current rating is very useful to determine if an update created more bugs than fixed before others install. Personally I like it the way it is.

By Colin on   Monday, February 06, 2012 9:45 PM

Re: Hey Apple, Exactly How Many IS Enough For A Rating Average?

One more point, the reason is also works this way is so that developers can improve their applications. Some developers (some I know) started out learning and their apps had bugs which led to bad ratings in initial versions but overtime these apps became great and thus when they released they had the ability to have users provide feedback. If is was all just averaged, they would have been probably inclined to forget about their apps since it's hard to average out bad ratings from years past.

By Colin on   Monday, February 06, 2012 9:49 PM

Re: Hey Apple, Exactly How Many IS Enough For A Rating Average?

re may this Apple fan point out
HAHA! I thought that comment would get some attention. haha Just looking to poke some fun. LOL Curious, you didn't mention the Leafs comment? haha (yes, I KNOW my Habs are doing TERRIBLE this year DOH!)

re 3.5, current rating, dev can improve over time without skewing avgs
Hey, I'm ALL for helping a dev keep focused on improving their apps! And yes, I agree with what you mentioned about HOW Apple does it. I just found it funny how they add four lines to say they don't have enough ratings for an average then right below say 570 ratings. I know Apple's trying to "help" reduce all the values, across versions, updates, etc, to one simple to understand value, buuuuuuuuuut.......... that sentence just screams "protecting your you know what."

Thanks for commenting Colin! And thanks for coming back to visit!

By Peter Henry on   Monday, February 06, 2012 10:25 PM

Your name:
Gravatar Preview
Your email:
(Optional) Email used only to show Gravatar.
Your website:
Add Comment   Cancel 
Copyright 1999-2012 by   Terms Of Use  Privacy Statement