More App Store tweaks expected with iPhone 2.2

When the next version of the iPhone OS arrives at some point in October, Apple is expected to make a few subtle changes to the application-buying process on the App Store.

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The iPhone 2.2 software is expected to come with a tweak to the App Store category fields, shown here. AppleInsider

Hot on the heels of the crucial iPhone 2.1 release, Apple appears to be getting ready to release another software update.

We've known that iPhone 2.2 has been coming for a while, with the primary change expected to involve making Safari on the iPhone look more like Safari on the Mac. But AppleInsider has some details on how the interface for the App Store--perhaps the best thing and worst thing about iPhone 2.0--is expected to change.

One notable tweak is that the selection of an application by category on the iPhone will become easier, with wider fields for each category, such as Entertainment or Finance. Apple is also expected to add a "Report a Problem" button to the preview page for a single application.

Apple is making a few other subtle changes to the App Store, such as requiring that all reviews come from people who have actually purchased the application and listing "New" applications according to their original release date (instead of by the date of their most recent update).

The newly detailed tweaks aren't expected to arrive until 2.2 is fully baked, which is expected to take place at some point in October.