updated 09:20 am EDT, Mon March 24, 2008
App Store images leaked?
Apple may have inadvertently revealed ongoing testing of the App Store for the iPhone and the iPod touch, a popular hacking site claims. One contributor notes that while experimenting recently with the v2.0 firmware, he inadvertently managed to enter the App Store, instead of receiving the normal "cannot connect" message. Found inside were two web applications, including the well-known iPhone version of Facebook; it is speculated that Apple is doing live testing of the Store, and using placeholders in advance of the first truly native applications.
Also observed in the Store were a five-star ratings system, and a series of navigation buttons which mimic those of the current Wi-Fi Music Store. As with its sibling, visitors to the App Store can browse featured apps, the top 50, or specific keywords; apps are further divided into genres, such as "Business" or "Blogs & Forums." Each program may also receive a unique icon, though these are not visible at the moment.