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Old May 28, 2014, 01:19 PM   #1
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iOS App Store Top Charts Now Display 150 Results, Down From 300




Apple has changed the number of apps displayed in the "Top Charts" section of the iOS App Store, reports TechCrunch. Rather than displaying the top 300 apps in a given section, only the top 150 apps are displayed on the Paid, Free, and Top Grossing charts.

The change was implemented several days ago and has largely gone under the radar, but it does leave half as many apps available for discovery via the Top Charts, a fairly significant change. Apple's desktop iTunes App Store continues to display the top 200 apps.

While it is unclear why the iOS App Store is now displaying fewer apps in its Top Charts, the shift follows an earlier change to the App Store rankings designed to promote better app discovery.

According to Appsfire CEO Ouriel Ohayon, the change will not impact developers in as the bottom Top Chart listings did not have a significant impact on app downloads.

Article Link: iOS App Store Top Charts Now Display 150 Results, Down From 300
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Old May 28, 2014, 01:26 PM   #2
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Guessing it's performance related? How many people really scroll past the first 100 anyway?
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Old May 28, 2014, 01:32 PM   #3
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Still long enough, but questionable why this was changed in the first place... Bandwidth, really?
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Old May 28, 2014, 01:49 PM   #4
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And I thought 300 wasn't enough...
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Old May 28, 2014, 01:52 PM   #5
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Guessing it's performance related? How many people really scroll past the first 100 anyway?
Sure we do. Top 100 rarely change so need to go further to see newer content.
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Old May 28, 2014, 01:55 PM   #6
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Something they never fixed:

On iOS 6, viewing your "Purchased" items takes a very long time to load, and many times will crash the App Store.

Also on iOS 6, there is no "Search" in the Purchased section. You cannot find apps removed from the App Store that way, like you can on iOS 7. Someone with an iOS 7 device can still download "iTap" or the original "Flappy Bird", for example, but they cannot download them on iOS 6. They'd have to download them on an iOS 7 device, transfer the apps to a computer with iTunes, then sync them to the iOS 6 device.

Apple just seemed to abandon iOS 6 without ever fixing those issues. They were broke during the iOS 6 betas in 2012, broke at release with 6.0, still broke at 6.1, and still broke today with 6.1.6.
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I wish Apple would include a "no games" check box to exclude games from app lists - I don't play any games and they clog up all the lists!
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Old May 28, 2014, 02:32 PM   #8
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I wish Apple would include a "no games" check box to exclude games from app lists - I don't play any games and they clog up all the lists!
Use categories?
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Old May 28, 2014, 02:35 PM   #9
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Always been like the there in the UK
Also I notice the UK iTunes will show the top 40 instead of the top 100 as default but when you press more it will only show the top 150 instead of top 300
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Use categories?
That doesn't help when looking at the most popular apps.
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Something they never fixed:

On iOS 6, viewing your "Purchased" items takes a very long time to load, and many times will crash the App Store.

Also on iOS 6, there is no "Search" in the Purchased section. You cannot find apps removed from the App Store that way, like you can on iOS 7. Someone with an iOS 7 device can still download "iTap" or the original "Flappy Bird", for example, but they cannot download them on iOS 6. They'd have to download them on an iOS 7 device, transfer the apps to a computer with iTunes, then sync them to the iOS 6 device.

Apple just seemed to abandon iOS 6 without ever fixing those issues. They were broke during the iOS 6 betas in 2012, broke at release with 6.0, still broke at 6.1, and still broke today with 6.1.6.
iOS 6.1 is two version behind...
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Guessing it's performance related? How many people really scroll past the first 100 anyway?
Probably no one looks past the top 25 - 50 apps anyway. I would be surprised if anyone looking at the top list made it down to the bottom 100.
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Probably no one looks past the top 25 - 50 apps anyway. I would be surprised if anyone looking at the top list made it down to the bottom 100.
I often look through it all--not on a daily basis, but once a week or so. Basically a lot of the time when I do look through it I generally look through all of it.
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Guessing it's performance related? How many people really scroll past the first 100 anyway?
I am absolutely positive that the scrolling list that makes up the main body of the app is an instance of apple's own UITableView class. It dynamically allocates and recycles individual cells (lines of text/icons) on a per needed basis. The app would be just as responsive if the table had 100 or 1 million entries in it.

Performance is definitely not the issue here.

hmmmmmmm....
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If it makes scamming rankings even harder for the lame developers who want money, over making actual games that are worthwhile to us consumers, I'm fine with it.

I usually use the categories instead of the main chart for better variety in stuff instead of just games/music and social networking apps.
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Hopefully Apple will remove the near me tab and add a "New" tab instead.

But at least the apps are still ranked properly instead of randomly like reviews.
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Old May 28, 2014, 04:57 PM   #17
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i always looking for the best 50 apps, and the rest i just skip
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Hopefully Apple will remove the near me tab and add a "New" tab instead.
They already have a featured/new apps tabs.

But yeah, I hope they get rid of the Near Me tab too.

I thought the feature would be really cool, but all it does is list crappy apps related to the area you're in. It doesn't look good at all, especially since none of them here are even optimized for iOS 7. That's not at all what they were promising it was going to be at the keynote last year.
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They already have a featured/new apps tabs.
That only gets updated once a week though.

And only stuff that Apple chooses.

And there have been many old apps in that list instead of only new apps.
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iOS 6.1 is two version behind...


They didn't fix it when 5.1.1 was current and 6.0 was in beta.

They didn't fix it when 6.0 was final and current.

They didn't fix it when 6.1 came out.

6.1.6 is the current version (as of February 2014) for multiple devices.
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They didn't fix it when 5.1.1 was current and 6.0 was in beta.

They didn't fix it when 6.0 was final and current.

They didn't fix it when 6.1 came out.

6.1.6 is the current version (as of February 2014) for multiple devices.
7.1.1 is Apple's current version regardless of older devices so I doubt it will do much, but if you haven't yet let Apple know.
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Slow news day?
Actually, there's been quite a bit today. But I'd imagine this would be more significant news for iOS developers who now have less chance for exposure on that list than for the end user who probably won't notice. Not that the 10 people/day who don't get bored after the first 150 count as much exposure anyways.*

*I'm being facetious here; I obviously have no idea how many people scroll past 150.
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Apple is just pushing less and less visibility....


If anything they need to get rid of the "Top Revenue" tab and add back the "New Apps" tab.
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