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App Store Search Bug Prevents iPads From Seeing iPhone-Only Apps

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It appears some iPad users are seeing a bug in the iOS App Store that prevents them from being able to locate and download iPhone-only apps. When using an iPad to search for an app that's only available on the iPhone like Instagram or Snapchat, results do not list iPhone-only apps even when the "iPhone Only" filter is turned on.

For example, in a search for "Snapchat" on an iPad Air 2 with the "iPhone Only" option selected, the results that are displayed include only universal apps made by third-party companies. The actual Snapchat app does not come up in the results at all, preventing it from being installed on an iPad. A test for several other iPhone-only apps revealed the same search error.


It is not clear when this App Store search bug started, but we first saw an issue last night and a MacRumors reader alerted us to the problem this morning. It is also not clear if all users are experiencing the issue, but each of the iPads we tested failed to bring up the proper search results.

It's likely this is an error that Apple will fix shortly, and while iPhone only apps can't be downloaded via search, they're still available in the list of purchased apps. Installing an iPhone-only app on the iPad can be done by installing it on an iPhone first and then downloading it on the iPad from the purchased list. It's also possible to search for the app in Safari to get a direct link to it in the App Store.

(Thanks Tim!)

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SiMartin

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Sep 16, 2014
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Not iOS specific, but thought worth mentioning when I read the news article:

I noticed yesterday that the Windows version of iTunes (12.1.2.27) is only showing the latest 20 episodes for each podcast. Below the listing of episodes it says "TOTAL 20 ITEMS".
 
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MarceloAvalos

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The screenshots are from iOS 9 (you can tell by looking at the system font). It's beta, so...
 
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ArtOfWarfare

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If Apple can filter results like this, what the heck is stopping them from filtering out old non-updated apps, or those built to an old OS?

Nothing? Were you under the impression that was somehow not possible?
 
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Dreadx37

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It appears some iPad users are seeing a bug in the iOS App Store that prevents them from being able to locate and download iPhone-only apps. When using an iPad to search for an app that's only available on the iPhone like Instagram or Snapchat, results do not list iPhone-only apps even when the "iPhone Only" filter is turned on.

For example, in a search for "Snapchat" on an iPad Air 2 with the "iPhone Only" option selected, the results that are displayed include only universal apps made by third-party companies. The actual Snapchat app does not come up in the results at all, preventing it from being installed on an iPad. A test for several other iPhone-only apps revealed the same search error.


It is not clear when this App Store search bug started, but we first saw an issue last night and a MacRumors reader alerted us to the problem this morning. It is also not clear if all users are experiencing the issue, but each of the iPads we tested failed to bring up the proper search results.

It's likely this is an error that Apple will fix shortly, and while iPhone only apps can't be downloaded via search, they're still available in the list of purchased apps. Installing an iPhone-only app on the iPad can be done by installing it on an iPhone first and then downloading it on the iPad from the purchased list. It's also possible to search for the app in Safari to get a direct link to it in the App Store.

(Thanks Tim!)

Article Link: App Store Search Bug Prevents iPads From Seeing iPhone-Only Apps
I have been running into this a while myself. I found that tapping in the search box and hitting search one or two more times generally presents the iPad/iPhone toggle.
 
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flyinmac

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This actually sounds more like a useful feature.

Logically, if an app is only for the iPhone, then why clutter the listings on devices that the app is not designed to run on.

Same as if an app is only designed to work with the latest iPad and won't run on my phone, then it's a waste of my time to have to see it in the listings and realize it won't work on my device.

Sounds like a useful feature that should go from being a bug, to becoming standard operating procedure.
 
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sevarre

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Feb 12, 2015
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This actually sounds more like a useful feature.

Logically, if an app is only for the iPhone, then why clutter the listings on devices that the app is not designed to run on.

Same as if an app is only designed to work with the latest iPad and won't run on my phone, then it's a waste of my time to have to see it in the listings and realize it won't work on my device.

Sounds like a useful feature that should go from being a bug, to becoming standard operating procedure.

But you can download iPhone-only apps onto your iPad, just not the other way around. If you mean don't allow iPhone only apps to be downloaded onto iPads, I disagree and think most people disagree. I run many iPhone only apps on my iPad.

Pretty sure that any app that you are able to view in the iOS AppStore is able to be downloaded on the device you are using to view it.
 
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Shirasaki

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As an aside, I've always found it annoying I can't view iPad apps on my iPhone. Just because I'm looking at the App Store on my phone doesn't mean I don't have an iPad too.
Then they assume you have an iPad if you download an iPad app from App Store.
:p
 
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Reason077

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Strange. My iPhone-only iOS app has seen a significant increase in downloads on iPads in recent weeks.
 
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shurcooL

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Yep, I've noticed this problem on my iPad a few weeks ago. Hoping it gets fixed.
 
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rhoydotp

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If you mean don't allow iPhone only apps to be downloaded onto iPads, I disagree and think most people disagree. I run many iPhone only apps on my iPad.

I agree with you. What really bothers me is how some apps like Instagram and Starbucks wouldn't have a "universal" IOS version that can run on both. At least Flickr listened to the suggestions after a while.
 
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