Although the news may not involve any details on upcoming hardware or any juicy details on a lawsuit, this little piece of sleuthing done by Fiksu (a research company) did excite me. Possibly more than it should.
Apple is apparently testing new algorithms for working out how to rank apps in the App Store. Before now, App Store rankings were based solely on how many units of a specific app were downloaded by account holders. It would appear – from the research – that Apple is testing a new system that also takes in to account how well its received by the downloaders. The chart above shows how apps and games – that were high ranking before the rating system was implemented – dropped once the low ratings were added to the mix.
Personally, I think it’s a great move. How many times have you seen a piece of trash, free game makes its way to the top of the free games chart only to be greeted by 2-3 star ratings? Adding a quality weighting to the formula would certainly help balance it out. This will certainly help shake out the trash and help us stay away from the noisy sedimentary apps that often manage to climb up the leader boards.