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Apple refreshes App Store to be more 'swipe-able' on iPad

updated 09:55 pm EST, Thu November 17, 2011

New and featured apps easier to scroll through

Apple has silently updated the App Store to make it easier for iPad users to scroll through the latest "featured apps" and "new and noteworthy" additions on both the main page of the App Store and in each category section, Apple'n'Apps reports. The change, while small, makes the pages more touch-friendly by removing small arrows on each end of the featured boxes and instead making the grid swipe-driven.

The move should make it more convenient for users to peruse the featured apps with a more natural mechanism for discovery on iPads. The featured apps now span the entire screen in either portrait or landscape orientation, with small indicators below them to show how many "pages" each box has with additional apps on them.

Previously, the apps were contained within two boxes, each with arrow indicators on all four corners allowing users to tap them to go forward or back. The swiping motion is more of an "expected" behavior on iOS devices, and speeds up the transition from one set to another, which is now virtually instant. [via Apple'n'Apps]


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  1. jpellino

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +4

    Good.

    Long overdue. Like from the first day.

  1. facebook_Ian

    Via Facebook

    Joined: Nov 2011

    +1

    And music

    The Music Store pages have also had the same treatment!

  1. hayesk

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Yay!

    It was as if nobody at Apple even tried this until recently. I could believe that I could not swipe before.

  1. cmoney

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +3

    Amnesia

    My biggest annoyance with the App Store app is how it forgets where you were in a long list of apps. For example, if you're browsing through new apps and you're 5 or 6 pages in, if you click on an app to view the details, when you go back, sometimes the app will bring you back to the beginning of the list so you have to start over! So annoying.

    I notice this throughout other Apple iOS apps as well. The Netflix app on AppleTV does this if you have a long on demand queue. I've got about 150 in the list and if I'm down a few pages and click on a movie, when I go back, it goes back to the top. Or if you follow a few "What's related" movie links at the bottom of the screen, it doesn't always track your entire history, sometimes it'll just kick you back to the main Netflix screen.

    /rant

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