Apple's Now Allowing Users to Rate Its Pre-Installed Apps—Here are the Numbers

Ariel Ariel
4 minute read 10/5/21

Update (10/5 9:42AM EST): The article, including charts and tables, has been updated to reflect more than 20,000 new ratings that came in over the weekend.

Users can now rate apps that come pre-installed on their iPhones via the App Store just like any other 3rd party app. Apple quietly enabled that in their latest update a couple of weeks ago, and we've been collecting those ratings since.

A couple of weeks in, those apps have received nearly 33K ratings. Here's a quick look at the numbers.

Everyone Hates News and Mail

Apple's pre-installed iOS apps grouped by average star rating

When it comes to average rating, Apple's 28 pre-installed apps we've looked at, range between 2.4 and 4.3, with an average of 3.6 stars across the entire portfolio.

Translate, a fairly new app that still feels a bit experimental, is the lowest rated app in this list, with a 2.42 average star rating globally off of 1,629 total ratings.

News is just a tad bit better, with a 2.55 star average from 592 ratings. Mail (2.98) and Podcasts (2.44) also have an average star rating of below 3, which should be a good gauge for Apple and good news for competitors.

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Music and Maps Have the Most Ratings

Top 10 pre-installed iOS apps by number of ratings

When it comes to the number of ratings, Music and Maps lead the way, accounting for 23% of the 32,953 ratings received in the last two weeks. Music, with 4,431 and Maps with 3,207 total ratings worldwide are also the only apps with 3,000+ total ratings. The rest have fewer ratings as of the writing of this article.

At the bottom of the list you'll find Compass (294 ratings), Voice Memos (403), Magnifier (420), Stocks (461), and Measure (497). The five apps that have yet to reach the 500 rating bar, globally. Also, the apps most users either don't use often enough to love or hate.

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All Apps & Ratings

And here are all the apps we've analyzed, their average rating, and total number of ratings. Numbers are global as of October 5th, 2021.

Avg. Total
Find My4.35908
Voice Memos4.28403
Compass4.24294
Measure4.2515
FaceTime4.11,892
Notes4.081,227
Fitness4.04580
Apple Wallet4.021,217
Weather3.861,704
Tips3.83497
Reminders3.81886
Magnifier3.75420
Contacts3.67649
Files3.661,078
Watch3.6769
Apple TV3.591,310
Stocks3.57461
Calculator3.55738
Apple Music3.54,431
Home3.49770
Apple Books3.32913
Apple Maps3.273,207
Calendar3.271,121
iTunes Store3.18648
Mail2.981,847
Apple News2.55592
Apple Podcasts2.442,247
Translate2.421,629

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All figures included in this report are estimated. Unless specified otherwise, estimated revenue is always net, meaning it's the amount the developer earned after Apple and Google took their fee.

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