Apple's upcoming iOS 11.3 software update, the first beta of which was seeded to developers on Wednesday, finally adds the small but useful ability to sort App Store reviews on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
After tapping on See All under the Ratings & Reviews section in the App Store, users can now sort the reviews according to four categories, including Most Helpful, Most Favorable, Most Critical, and Most Recent.
- Most Helpful shows reviews that have received the most "Helpful" feedback from other users. Any user can designate a review as "Helpful" or "Not Helpful" by deeply pressing the text bubble via 3D Touch.
- Most Favorable shows reviews with the highest ratings, starting with five stars.
- Most Critical shows reviews with the lowest ratings, starting with one star.
- Most Recent shows reviews in reverse chronological order, with the most recently submitted reviews appearing first.
There is no way to sort App Store reviews on earlier versions of iOS 11, so this is a welcomed change, especially considering the App Store was showing old, irrelevant reviews from as early as 2008 for some users.
On earlier software versions like iOS 9, reviews could be filtered based on the latest version or all versions of an app, but these sorting options were removed when the section was streamlined on iOS 10 and later.
iOS 11.3 is currently in testing for developers, with a public beta to follow soon. The software update will be publicly released this spring.