Apple improves AppStore on iTunes
Just today Apple made a significant change to AppStore on iTunes. This is not entirely unexpected. I predicted this after they enhanced the AppStore on the iPhone on Nov 22nd. The changes made today are very much welcome. As I see it, they accomplished three important things with this update…
- Highlight the most popular applications in the category home page (This is important to boost sales for better apps)
- Separate the Free Apps and Paid Apps as Free Apps were dominating the most popular list in the previous design
- Consistency in design with the AppStore on the iPhone
These changes took effect across all categories (except Games, as this category has this for long time as this is the most popular category in AppStore). This is an important change for AppStore as it matures every week. I think Apple now truly understands the software as a service model and is enhancing the app every week (in some cases, multiple times a week). I am very glad to see these enhancements coming to AppStore.
This update also came with an issue. When you try to sort the applications by ‘Most Popular’, it doesn’t work. The apps are instead sorted alphabetically. This is a bug which I am sure they’ll fix it soon. May be they have plans to add ‘Alphabetically’ as another sorting option.
I am excited to see the change. My Apps are listed under the top paid apps for the Travel category. Flight Status is at No 3 and Currency Exchange is at No 9. Two out of top 10 is not bad, I guess for this category. AppStore is getting better and the focus is now shifting more towards better apps. Keep it coming Apple.