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Apple further refines App Store for iOS 6, revamps 'Featured' and 'Top' content lists

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New tweaks made to the App Store in IOS 6 beta reveal Apple is working hard to have the Chomp-inspired app ready for launch when the operating system debuts alongside a next-generation iPhone next week.

Earlier this week, AppleInsider offered a first look at the changes Apple was making to the App Store for iOS 6 beta, particularly the activation of Genius for apps, and it appears further refinements have been made regarding how the app handles featured content.

As for the iPad version, the iOS 6 beta's App Store is becoming increasingly interactive with a new prominent "Cover Flow" UI akin to the feature seen in the iOS Music app. Instead of album art, users can flip through top app categories which now reside at the head of the page.

Below the Cover Flow selector are two rows of icons representing specialized app compilations seen in iOS 5's "App Store Essentials," like "Apps Starter Kit" and "Editor's Choice." Users can now smoothly scroll through selections, unlike the iOS 5 version which used a stepped interface that only allowed three icons to be displayed at once.

iPad App Store


Selecting a featured icon brings a user to the familiar two-column app list associated with the compilation, however as of this writing the usual large heading describing the contents of the app package is missing.

App Store List


On the iPhone, the "Featured" landing page is similar in design to the iPad version, however interaction is limited to two scrollable rows of app compilation icons. The Cover Flow feature seen on the iPad iteration is replaced by a single large icon, though this may change by launch.

iPhone App Store


Users can scroll vertically to find a specific category and scroll horizontally to browse apps within those categories. In iOS 5, users had to select a featured compilation which would take them to a new page containing the corresponding apps.

Featured


Also new for both the iPad and iPhone is the renaming of the "Top 25" tab, which is now called "Charts," however it appears that no functional changes have been made to the category.

Apple is expected to introduce iOS 6 alongside a next-generation iPhone on Sept. 12 as the company sent out invitations on Tuesday all but confirming the handset's release.
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Ugh!  This looks disturbingly similar to the awful AppleTV interface they are using at the moment.  

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Subcategories of subcategories of subcategories? No? Why'm I not surprised? 

 

Originally Posted by Gazoobee View Post
Ugh!  This looks disturbingly similar to the awful AppleTV interface they are using at the moment.  

 

And the fact that they've now put into a Cover Flow-esque setup what really belongs in a one-at-a-time setup is embarrassing.

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This looks gorgeous. Definitely an improvement. Played around with the 1st beta, and already liked what I saw. Way faster to flick through apps and get information at a glance. Also like the new black motif. Getting a little sick of the grey. Wouldn't mind if they implemented it throughout the entire OS. 

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Lipstick on a (very ugly) pig. Without deeper subcategories support, browsing iTunes app store is a nightmare.

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For me the real issue is meta data, or rather the lack of it. Especially in the media and books stores

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But can you start a download without being sent to the dashboard?

 

I think I saw that they finally are adding this. I hope it is like a shopping cart set up where you add the app to your shopping cart and then go download.

 

Searching the store needs to be vastly improved as well.

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This could be a disaster. The App store today takes forever to load on legacy cellular networks as it is. This new data intensive view will further create an un-usable experience on carrier networks, as well as cripple the already slow iPhone 3GS. resource management better be solid on iOS 6, or else the Apple experience will wane, just like iOS 4 on the iPhone 3G. 

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