updated 03:41 pm EDT, Wed May 28, 2014
May impact smaller developers
Apple has made a silent change to the iOS App Store and reduced the number of positions in the Top Paid, Free, and Grossing charts from 300 to 150, reports note. Although there's no official explanation, the tweak is presumably part of an attempt to clean up the App Store and improve rankings. Apple has periodically made such efforts since the App Store was introduced in 2008.
The biggest impact may be on smaller developers that will have a harder time making it onto charts. An app tracking firm, Appsfire, comments however that most people were unlikely to make it past the top 150 apps anyway. Getting to the bottom of each chart involves a lot of scrolling, and serves little point beyond casual shopping or tracking the app industry.
TechCrunch sources claim that while Apple did feel the length of the charts was unnecessary, its main interest is better performance. It takes time for the iOS App Store to load each chart, and cutting lists in half should make the experience somewhat more responsive. The desktop App Store browser in iTunes appears to be unchanged.