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?

About the author

Scott Stein is a senior editor covering iOS and laptop reviews, mobile computing, video games, and tech culture. He has previously written for both mainstream and technology enthusiast publications including Wired, Esquire.com, Men's Journal, and Maxim, and regularly appears on TV and radio talking tech trends.

 

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