iPad App Store adds new search tools

Browsing apps in the App Store just got a little bit easier.

iPad App Store searching just got easier.
iPad App Store searching just got easier. Screenshot by Scott Stein/CNET

Finding App Store apps that aren't featured prominently on the front page generally tends to revert into the proverbial needle-hunt in the haystack. Good news: new search tabs have magically appeared as of this morning, making app-browsing just a little easier.

The new pull-down search categories, as seen above, cover price, rating, platform, release window, and the like. They appear when using the search function, and can help narrow down a wide field of apps (such as, say, "dog apps"). It's a solid first step, but it doesn't help address flaws that are already in the App Store: namely, the ratings system, which is prone to spamming and misrepresentation from users one-starring apps in acts of often inappropriate rage.

How's the App Store search system working for you?

 

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