Apple Adds 'Genius' Tab to iPad App Store

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Several readers have noted that Apple has rolled out a new "Genius" feature for its App Store application on the iPad. Similar to other Genius offerings from Apple, the new tab offers automatic suggestions on applications users might be interested in based on other applications that have already downloaded.




After activating the service by agreeing to the terms and conditions, which note that titles in users' application libraries will be anonymously uploaded to Apple to allow recommendations to be made, users are taken to a page offering the recommendations.

Two sections are offered: One recommending new applications and one recommending upgraded versions of applications the user already owns, such as full versions of free "lite" applications or pro versions of lower-level paid applications. The upgrade section seems to be part of a broader initiative undertaken by Apple, which includes a new Try Before You Buy section of the App Store that seeks to encourage users to test out free, lite versions of applications and then upgrade the ones they like to full, paid versions.

The iPad Genius Recommendations feature also allows users to note that they are "not interested" in a particular recommended title, an aspect that will allow the Genius feature to continually refine its recommendations for users.

Article Link: Apple Adds 'Genius' Tab to iPad App Store
 

nagromme

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I always thought it was weird that you had to agree to transmit your app library list to Apple... since they sold you those apps to begin with.
 

Abraxx

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Apple should have waited with the Genius function until its working properly.
You can't delete suggestions, they keep reappearing. (the deletion mark does not work)
When you finished checking an App in detail, it just jumps back to the beginning of the Genius list.
So Genius is useless and annoying on the iPad with these bugs.
 

redscull

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Now that I see that they do make improvements to the store, I'd much rather have had a wishlist. I often stumble across apps that I might not care about purchasing now, either because it's a game that looks fun but I haven't finished my current games yet, or it lacks a critical feature that it might be updated to have later. And I would like to somehow mark it so that I have an easy way to find and check in on it later. Right now, I record the app names as a note in the Notes app. And that's pretty sad considering the iPad is the pinnacle of convenient technology.
 

Consultant

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Like I don't have enough apps already. =p

Half of my iPad storage used are already apps!
 

stangmmx

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No use for it. Genius is just an alternative to a banner ad.
i have to agree. i have never found genius useful at all. any app thats worth while I usually hear or read about anyways.

and the app store isn't a maze.... it's categorized and there's a search option....
 

WestonHarvey1

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and the app store isn't a maze.... it's categorized and there's a search option....
That's great for when I know exactly what app I want by name or general category - but it's a terrible way to be entertained. I appreciate any system - even if flawed - that presents new things to me I wouldn't have seen on my own.

Genius is also probably responsible for the 1 or 2 sales a week my app gets. That's probably true for most sales of apps that don't chart or get Twittered by Ashton Kutcher. So I'm thankful for that.
 

redgaz26

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Abraxx said:
Apple should have waited with the Genius function until its working properly.
You can't delete suggestions, they keep reappearing. (the deletion mark does not work)
When you finished checking an App in detail, it just jumps back to the beginning of the Genius list.
So Genius is useless and annoying on the iPad with these bugs.
The app store on the iPad is terrible. If you've flicked through hundreds of apps to find the ones your looking at and download one, then go back in it takes you right back to the start. It's crazy. Why can't you select several apps at the one time?????
 

MacFly123

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How did they update this without updating iOS? I understand all the App Store stuff from the server side, but they can update the structure and UI of the app from the server side too? Are the App Store and iTunes apps coded differently than the other native apps??? :confused:

Anyway, cool, but I would have switched updates, and genius. It makes more sense to have genius after categories and then updates at the far right! Oh well.

P.S. Apple can we get the app to round the corners of the icons like it should? I have noticed problems with this in the App Store and in iTunes.

P.P.S. Why isn't the App Store serving up the high res icons for retina displays? I know LOTS of devs are being lazy and not updating art work for the retina display, but you'd think Apple would at least require them to update their freaking icon so the home screen looks nicer! I have gotten tons of updates for my apps that are supposed to be iOS 4 compatible etc. and they don't even update their icon for the retina display. :rolleyes:
 

Amazing Iceman

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Stupid 'Genius'?

The Genius criteria is messed up. For example, based on my purchase of LogMeIn Ignition, the 'Genius' recommended me a Family Tree app. WTH!!!???

Definitely messed up.
 

aaarrrgggh

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Wow... That is miserable! Worst recommendations imaginable, and the interface is pretty screwed up as well...
 

twoodcc

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Right side of wrong
so how exactly did they update this app? i mean, is the App Store app on the iPad just a website? b/c i didn't have to install an update or anything
 

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The app store on the iPad is terrible. If you've flicked through hundreds of apps to find the ones your looking at and download one, then go back in it takes you right back to the start. It's crazy. Why can't you select several apps at the one time?????
I couldn't agree more. For a company that pontificates about ease of use and customer focus, Apple couldn't have made the iPad App Store App more frustrating. If I could give it a star rating it would get 2 stars; if I was in a good mood.
 

ipodtouch-user

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Fix it already

Currently, with the bugs mentioned here by several posters, the app store and "genius" functions on iPad are garbage.