Face lift coming for the Apple App Store?

Face lift coming for the Apple App Store?
According to Bloomberg, Apple is about to give the Apple App Store a face lift. One new feature will allow developers to pay Apple to have their apps listed on top of the search results. This Google-esque paid search feature would allow Apple to make some extra money from the App Store, in addition to the 30% of the revenue from paid apps and in-app purchases that it currently earns.

According to Bloomberg, the App Store face lift is a secret project that is being worked on by about 100 employees, some of whom are coming over from iAd. The latter is being shut down on June 30th.

In addition to helping developers get more attention through better placement on the App Store's search engine, Apple is working on the browsing experience for App Store users. Overall, this should allow those sporting iPhones to more easily find the apps they are looking for. The team working on the changes has really just started to roll up their sleeves and get to work. Thus, it could be some time before we see the tangible results of this team's hard work.

source: Bloomberg

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13 Comments

1. Unordinary unregistered

This is why developers choose iOS

3. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

No, this is why many indie devs could leave iOS, they will get squashed by big guys. Not fair, should show most popular And stop talking like a sheep

6. AlikMalix unregistered

I agree, I read another article with a little more detail, and I think what Apple is doing is the wrong thing to do. App Store should stay the same - best apps upfront...

10. vincelongman

Posts: 5628; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

I wouldn't mind if they do what Google is doing and have only one promoted app at the top But its a big section of promoted apps at the top, then that's a bit too far IMO

5. QuasarExod

Posts: 102; Member since: Mar 29, 2016

"This Google-esque paid search feature would allow Apple to make some extra money from the App Store." Have you read that???

7. AlikMalix unregistered

There's a reason I hate searching Google because of exactly this... Sometimes I cheat on Google and search Bing, or go nuts and search DuckDuckGo.... just to get a different result once in a while... Specially for images.... LOL

11. Mercedes-Benz

Posts: 403; Member since: Jan 18, 2015

App store has better quality apps than the play store. That's the truth.

4. QuasarExod

Posts: 102; Member since: Mar 29, 2016

.....

8. xperian

Posts: 417; Member since: Apr 10, 2014

I think it's a good feature. It would make better apps to be on top, filtering s**t. Google should also implement this

14. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

No they shouldn't. An app is promoted to the top because people download them and rank them with reviews. I would suggest using this metric or apps that are download more than 500,000 times. Most of the apps on the Play Store are fre, so this wouldn't even be benefit to any dev on the Play Store. So no, Google should not implement such. Apple is doing this so they can find another way to take money.

12. Ahovking

Posts: 711; Member since: Feb 03, 2015

I was just thinking this today, how the App Store needed a Face lift.. so kinda great news,, however Google-esque paid search feature is the wrong thing to do. Apple is clearly losing a sense of what once made them great and no doubt... it will rise profits, and Google will follow with their play store.

13. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Apple wants devs to pay for a higher spot? So they can take more of the money they are already paying devs? If it wasn't for devs, iOS wouldn't even exist. Apple already gets 30%. That's already a lot. Apple, it is not the devs job to make up for your loses in hardware sales. Why don't you take you lazy ass, and develop some apps worth buying for your own platform, like Microsoft does, and make your own money and stop riding on the backs of others.

15. biradar

Posts: 36; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

May be revolution of App Store

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