With the release of iOS 14 and macOS 11, Apple introduced a new way for users to view places of interest and upload photos to Apple Maps that doesn’t rely on third-party integrations like Yelp and TripAdvisor.
Users who tap a marker for a place on the map that they have physically visited are given the option to recommend a place using a “ thumbs up / thumbs down ” note which can also distinguish between categories. relevant, such as evaluations for the quality of products and services. in a store, for example. An “Add Photos to Maps” option in location maps also allows users to upload photos directly to Apple’s Maps servers.
As it stands, Apple’s rollout of native ratings in Maps has been spotty, with users in the UK, Australia and a handful of other regions being able to recommend places they’ve visited. Apple’s internal ratings remain unavailable for places of interest in the United States, for users inside and outside the country.
However, a brief photo from Tuesday’s Apple “Spring Loaded” event, spotted by an eagle-eyed Redditor, suggests that may change very soon. During the iMac announcement, Apple showed off a macOS desktop screen with the Maps app open and a thumbs-up / thumbs-down recommendation option for Joshua Tree National Park in Southern California.
Notably, the image shows that Yelp reviews are still listed, indicating that Apple continues to provide third-party recommendations in addition to its own rating system as it works to build a database of reviews. participatory reviews across the United States.
While we can’t be sure, it’s likely that Apple will make native Maps ratings for U.S. Places of Interest available with the release of iOS 14.5 and macOS 11.3 next week.