Apple has updated its Support Discussions area online.

The new Discussions Forum offers a cleaner interface. Apple says: "Today we released a new version of Apple Discussions featuring a significant update to the user interface and a change to the way posts are rated.

"Users can now qualify for extra new features through the ratings to their posts as well as other factors."

The company adds that other significant changes include: the inclusion of custom information on a users profile page; a feature that allows users of "level 2 or above" to post extra information that can be shown on their user profile page; customizable user icons – the latter feature is available to users of "level 3 or above".

The company has published a Help Page to guide users through the upgraded Discussion forums.