Apple Adds 'Chomp' Styled App Store Search Results and More in iOS 6

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple has quietly made some changes to iOS 6's App Store app formatting tonight and introduced a new search results format that seem clearly inspired by Chomp.

    Chomp was a three-year old search and app discovery startup that was acquired by Apple earlier this year. The reason for the acquisition was reportedly to improve the App Store search and app discovery. It appears the first of those efforts are being deployed in iOS 6.


    iOS 6 search results on left, Chomp app shown on right​
    On the iPhone, the new search results show a single tile result that can be swiped to move to each new result. Chomp's iOS app used a similar tile system in their search results.

    In a thread in our forums, some users are already unhappy with the shift as it is slower to browse through many results.

    Meanwhile, 9to5Mac notes several other changes in App Store functionality such as Genius support, Purchased section and Podcast search:
    The iPad version of iOS 6 also shows the new tile-based results, but is able to show four results at a time. (screenshot).

    Article Link: Apple Adds 'Chomp' Styled App Store Search Results and More in iOS 6
  2. boshii macrumors 68040


    Jul 6, 2008
    Atlanta, GA
  3. Cougarcat macrumors 604

    Sep 19, 2003
    Somehow I don't think this is done. There needs to be a way to toggle between this view and the normal list view, otherwise it would take forever to look at your search results. :confused:

    It's like they made the Music app with only the coverflow interface.
  4. koobcamuk macrumors 68040


    Oct 23, 2006
    Which chump at Apple made this Chomp style interfa..... I'll get my coat.
  5. nepalisherpa macrumors 68020


    Aug 15, 2011
    My thoughts exactly!
  6. Bathplug macrumors 6502a

    Jul 12, 2010
    I prefer the Top 25 in the middle rather than Genius. This tiled theme will also be slower to look through the apps. Plus they take away streetview & youtube. Tempted to stay with ios 5.
  7. Jethryn Freyman macrumors 68020

    Jethryn Freyman

    Aug 9, 2007
    When I want to "search" for something I don't want to have to scroll through each. and. every. one. of. them. at. a. time. *sigh* What was the point of this? How does it improve the user experience at all?
  8. cmichaelb macrumors 68020


    Aug 6, 2008
    Looks promising but I hope they keep the top 25+ listings...
  9. Reach9 macrumors 68020


    Aug 17, 2010
    In America
    The current style was fine.. just let us filter through more details. But this is a pain, i can't believe the UI/UX lead who approved of this..
  10. Aidan5806 macrumors 6502

    Feb 20, 2012
    I think the perfect solution for those of you who don't like how long it would take to view may apps is cover flow in landscape with titles below each icon and when you tap it it flips over to show details and reviews.
  11. AgentElliot007 macrumors 6502

    Mar 22, 2010
    If this sticks on the iPhone as is, it will be the first major interface change that I profusely hate. I have generally been pretty easygoing at worst about changes in the past, but this is miserable. Haven't tried it on the iPad yet, but going from 1 tile to the next to scroll through results with no inertia support at that is just a nightmare.

    It reminds me a bit of the change they made to the Top Charts on the iPad awhile back, but infinitely worse. With the iPad it was tolerable, though I much prefer the return and improvement of the old style with iOS 6. But this tile based results crap on an iPhone is anything but pleasant to use. It needs to improve DRAMATICALLY or return to the old style. It's a user experience disaster as is.
  12. Bathplug macrumors 6502a

    Jul 12, 2010
  13. BrandonHacks macrumors regular


    Aug 21, 2012
    being that they've finally enabled other features such as podcast search and genius leads me to believe the next version released will be a GM.
  14. Radio macrumors 68000

    Mar 5, 2012
    Central California
  15. mblank83 macrumors newbie

    Jul 4, 2012
    Do you guys remember what kind of company Apple is??
    What makes you think this will be all apple has to offer when its available for the public? What makes you guys think there wouldn't be an alternative of some sort..

    This is a company that strives for the best- they aren't idiots.. These are the people who brought all these fantastic products and software- not people who shamelessly copied off someone else's work and this the cheap knockoff..

    I really doubt Steve Jobs was the only person at Apple who had enough common sense to see that this is incomplete...
  16. jeffyyy macrumors newbie

    Aug 30, 2012
    (For me at least) The new format only appears when typing in a search term in the box and selecting one of the suggestions that appear. If I simply click the search button in the keyboard instead of one of the results, it looks exactly how it used to.
  17. verniesgarden macrumors 65816


    May 29, 2007
    Portland, Or
    nah, if you are running beta iOS6 you may not want to update apps if they aren't showing any bugs.
  18. jclardy macrumors 68040


    Oct 6, 2008
    As an indie developer - this sucks.

    It now means that someone searching for your app that doesn't quite remember the name will likely not find it.

    I think it is fine that they show more info on the results page, but only a single result at a time? It is like using Google just with the "I'm Feeling Lucky" button.
  19. dmarcoot macrumors member

    Dec 21, 2007
    Made the UI worse

    So much wasted space and the space used communicates very little. They just scaled down the Chomp result inside a box. This and the Apple TV UI are two of the worst UI's Apple has ever done.

    This makes me miss Steve Jobs. I dont think he would have let this turkey out like this.
  20. ls1dreams macrumors 6502

    Aug 13, 2009
    This looks like an absolutely terrible way to search through big lists of apps.
  21. austinguy23 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 8, 2008
    Looks awful....I like the list view as it is as I can quickly scroll through the results.
  22. applesith macrumors 68030


    Jun 11, 2007
    Still no iPhone friendly version of
  23. SamGabbay macrumors 6502a


    Oct 15, 2011
    Finally. Someone who says it correctly.

    Anyways... What I've found is that if you search something in the App Store a list view comes up. But if you click on a suggested search option, the new detailed view comes up.
  24. Jamesesesesess macrumors 6502a

    Nov 26, 2011
    NO!!!!11!!!1 IT'S OBVIOUSLY THE IPHONE 6 BECAUSE IT'S THE 6TH GENERATION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes:

  25. katanna macrumors 6502


    May 6, 2004
    Strange... I am not seeing the single-pane app store search results, but I am seeing a tab at the top that lets you choose between "iPad Apps" and "iPhone Apps" (even though I am on an iPhone). Even stranger: it is defaulting to "iPad Apps"!



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