App Store: What’s new, how to use new apps on iOS
The App Store on iOS also got its upgrade, or rather, an overhaul. The new app was revealed at its WWDC keynote.
Visually, the new App Store looks very much like Apple Music and Apple News, it’s clean, bright and consistent. For instance, games are separated from general purpose apps into their own category and have a tab of the same name. In-app purchases are available on the description page and a user no longer needs to open the game or app to buy anything. This will help to better control gaming expenses.
Now App Store is not only a store but a media with focus on discovery and how-to’s. The central feature is a landing page that highlights new apps. The apps rotate daily, thus giving equal chances to new and upcoming developers, who get the spotlight from Apple. The app is accompanied by the story of its creation and making.
Apple has redesigned the app page for all developers to spotlight their apps in the best way they see fit. The most important information is put front and center to entice a user into downloading. Developers can post up to three video app previews and five screenshots, and such videos are customized for users form other countries for better experience. If the app or a game earns Editors’ Choice it will be highlighted. The chart position, app purchases, customer ratings and reviews also founds their place on the page.
App Store is now a big place for stories. It features one new top story every day. The how-to guides follow the editorial picks. Usually the guides tell users about most powerful apps like photo editor VSCO. In other words, App Store has now some live blog vibe, the one Google Play and Windows Store lack completely.
The editorial content is even included in Search and choosing the option Today, a user can spot the latest updates in them. As for the changes in favorite games and apps, they can be seen under the Search tab. Search can be done by name, category, developer or topic, and brings back relevant results for specific apps and games, as well as editorial stories, collections and in-app purchases.
Speaking of the last, the in-app purchases can be also highlighted in Editorial Choice, in Today and Games. If a user wants to make a purchase, he or she will be brought to the game or app page to proceed.
The overhauled App Store is the part of iOS 11. The developer preview of iOS 11 is available to iOS Developer Program members at developer.apple.com, and a public beta program will be available to iOS users later this month at beta.apple.com. iOS 11 will be available this fall as a free software update for iPhone 5s and later, all iPad Air and iPad Pro models, iPad 5th generation, iPad mini 2 and later and iPod touch 6th generation. For more information, visit apple.com/ios/ios-11-preview. Features are subject to change. Some features may not be available in all regions or all languages.
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