Big thanks to 3 Magic Shots for sponsoring the site this week. This service gives the great but lesser-known apps in Apple’s App Store a chance to be seen by customers. 3 Magic Shots puts featured apps into three categories: Premium, Paid and Free shots. The paid and free shots feature great apps in those categories, and the premium apps are made free to 3 Magic Shots customers. That means you get a look at three super apps that deserve recognition each day.
The folks at 3 Magic Shots choose apps carefully, so you know they’ll be fun, cool or useful. As I write this, Stack The States is featured. That’s a great educational app that my kids love.
Apple notes that these numbers reflect unique downloads, not re-downloads or updates. Congratulations to everyone involved with this incredible performance. It’s amazing to think that the App Store did exist just a few years ago.
I took grief about this on Twitter today, but I’m right. Apple has re-designed the look of the iOS App Store with iOS 6, which was released today. App icons “bleed” off of the edge of the screen, prompting the user to swipe and see more.
I hate it.
It’s ugly, it’s cluttered, it’s un-Apple. Worst of all, it’s confusing.
Is my iPhone displaying this improperly?
Should I be holding this in landscape?
Why are these apps cut off?
In the images above, the iOS 6 App Store is on the left. There are seven items displayed. I can’t read the titles of three of them. Some people told me that I find it troublesome because I’m a geek and typical users will find the positioning helpful. I disagree. In the image above, you can see “See All >” on the screen. It clearly suggests that there’s more off screen.
The iOS 5.x App Store layout, pictured on the right above, is tidy, clear and usable. It was far superior.
“Borodin has responded by moving the server to a new location that is harder for Apple to reach and he now accepts donations using the anonymous Bitcoin service. The hack works by placing Borodin’s server in between the device and Apple – intercepting incoming purchase requests from the iOS device. But now Borodin has tightened up the exploit to avoid interacting with the App Store, making it even harder for Apple to shut down.”
A new section of great apps for the new iPad has been added to the App Store. Apple did something similar when the iPad was released, the iPhone 4S and OS X Lion. These developers should expect to see a nice bump this weekend.
When Apple pushed the weekly content refresh to the mobile App Store, iBookstore and iTunes today, a UI change was added as well. Specifically, the navigation buttons on either side of featured content lists (“Latest TV Episodes,” “New and Noteworthy,” etc.) are gone. Users can now swipe to navigate these sections.
“…we are fully committed to supporting the Mac App Store by completely moving Pixelmator sales and distribution to the Mac App Store in the upcoming months. To ease the transition to the Mac App Store for our users, we’ve come up with an exciting solution that we think everyone will love taking advantage of. We call it the Pixelmator transition to the Mac App Store….”
That deal includes a huge discount on the app (down to $29 from $59), version 2.0 for free when it’s released and the opportunity for all non-registered customers to participate. And with that, Pixelmator just became my first Mac App Store purchase.