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Apple Updates App Store Search And Enables Genius In iOS 6

Apple has updated the iOS 6 App Store during the night and made some nice changes to improve its functionality. At first glance the changes look like they were inspired by Chomp, a search company Apple has recently acquired.

iOS 6 beta
At the moment they inked the deal with Apple, Chomp already had a three-year history in app discovery, and its performance has pushed it into the arms of the Cupertino company, both signing the deal earlier in 2012 with one aim: to improve App Store search and app discovery. With more than 650,000 apps available for download, app discovery has become a real challenge for every iOS user.

Now, after several months of work, the deal has borne the first visible fruit: if you perform a search now in the App Store, you get single tile results, which can be swiped to move to the next result. However, this isn’t working with all results yet, as our test results show, but there is a clear hint that after iOS 6 goes public, Apple will opt for Chomp-like results visualization, which has plenty of benefits for developers.

Another Chomp-style improvement now separates iPhone apps from iPad applications, as shown in the above image. Furthermore, Apple has enabled Genius recommendations in iOS 6, along with the purchased section displaying all the apps you have downloaded to your account.

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