Apps not updated for iOS 7 getting hit hard in the App Store

Apps not updated for iOS 7 getting hit hard in the App Store
The update to iOS 7 has changed the look and feel of Apple's mobile platform quite a bit, and it has also led to quite a bit of work for developers. Developers don't necessarily have to update apps for the new system, but if they don't it could lead to some very bad consequences including negative reviews from users in the iTunes App Store.

The data comes from uTest, which uses its software called Applause to index about 880,000 apps in the App Store, and analyzes over 80 million reviews on those apps. From those reviews, it turns out that apps which have "iOS 7" mentioned in a review tend to have lower review scores. Quite a bit lower actually, as reviews that mention iOS 7 have an average star rating of 2.81 compared to 3.56 stars for those that don't mention iOS 7. 

In general, it seems that these negative reviews are because apps haven't been updated and either don't work as well, or don't look like they should since the iOS 7 update. For example, WhatsApp hasn't updated for iOS 7 and Skype only just updated earlier this week. In reviews for each app that mention iOS 7, star ratings were well down - WhatsApp had ratings an average of 1.70 stars lower, and Skype was 1.45 stars lower when reviews mentioned iOS 7. 

These negative reviews could very easily lead to users choosing a different app and could even lead to revenue losses for developers. Not a bad reason to update your app.

source: VentureBeat

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13 Comments

1. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Hahaha..update soon.

6. maysider

Posts: 38; Member since: Aug 11, 2013

Exactly, fascism by Apple at work Time to create second ebook price fixing robbery to earn money for Apple

2. xDrizzyXx

Posts: 64; Member since: Jun 28, 2011

Good! They need to update to match the look and feel of iOS 7.

3. Dingy_cellar_dweller

Posts: 339; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I'm confused The title say if io7 not mentioned it's bad for app's and the body of the article say if io7 is mentioned then it's bad. " From those reviews, it turns out that apps which have "iOS 7" mentioned in a review tend to have lower review scores. Quite a bit lower actually, as reviews that mention iOS 7 have an average star rating of 2.81 compared to 3.56 stars for those that don't mention iOS 7. " Which way around is it?

12. Finalflash

Posts: 4062; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Both are fine, the analysis is of the reviews of the apps and those reviews that have mentioned iOS7 tend to be lower. By that what is implied is usually people mention OSes in reviews mostly if it does not function well in that version or some other problem occurs in the version (you wouldn't say this app functions well in iOS 6 and 7 and on, you would only usually say, in iOS 7 this app crashes often when it didn't in iOS6, at least there is a tendency for the latter style). So when their robot algorithm analyses reviews, those mentioning iOS 7 had a lower score meaning an issue likely came up in that version. Hence, those that aren't fully updated for iOS 7 get lower reviews.

4. THE.DARK.KNIGHT

Posts: 269; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

Good. Whatsapp has still not updated its UI!

5. mr.techdude

Posts: 571; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

I wonder why the play store is catching up vastlyto app store in no# of apps and downloads.

7. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Its not catching up, the play store is larger than the app store.

8. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Welcome to fragmentation. Everything works on Android regardless of OS versions, not so much on an iPhone.

9. LiquidGalaxy

Posts: 332; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

WHAT!!?!?! I can only assume this is a joke or, haha, and this is a stab in the dark, you're a complete idiot...

13. feres13

Posts: 307; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

I've had issues with app incompatibility on Android despite running on the latest and greatest hardware. Haven't you ever had the "This ap is incompatible woth your device" message on the play store? And people are complaining about the fact that some apps aren't fitting the new UI while there's tons of apps on the play store theat still have the old Android 2.x (No HOLO)

10. darkkjedii

Posts: 30786; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Better get to it devs.

11. Googler

Posts: 813; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

How many apps still have black borders? If they haven't updated for new screen sizes, it's highly unlikely they'll update for iOS7.

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