Apple Adds Multiple New App Categories to tvOS App Store

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple today updated the tvOS App Store to add several new app categories to make it easier for Apple TV 4 owners to find content on their devices. As outlined by AfterPad, a site that showcases Apple TV apps, the new categories are rolling out to Apple TV users and may not be available to everyone just yet. Some users may only see the new categories under Purchased Apps until the rollout is complete.


    New categories are as follows:

    [*]Business Apps
    [*]Weather Apps
    [*]Travel Apps
    [*]Social Networking Apps
    [*]Reference Apps
    [*]Productivity Apps
    [*]Music Apps
    [*]Finance Apps
    [*]Book Apps
    [*]Medical Apps

    At launch, the tvOS App Store did not include a Categories section like the iOS App Store, making app discovery difficult early on. App Categories were added at the beginning of November. Available categories were initially limited to just Games and Entertainment, but they have expanded since then.

    The tvOS App Store now closely mirrors the iOS App Store when it comes to content discovery, with Categories, Top Charts, and featured apps available.

    Article Link: Apple Adds Multiple New App Categories to tvOS App Store
  2. munpip214 macrumors member

    Feb 21, 2011
    They also added "not on this apple tv" in purchase section.
  3. thisisnotmyname macrumors 65816


    Oct 22, 2014
    known but velocity indeterminate
    Some of those categories make me wonder what apps would fit and be good for the format. I'll have to browse tonight.
  4. man3ster macrumors member

    May 12, 2009
    If Apple opens up the USB type C connector, having a camera and the Skype application would be a wonderful thing on the Apple TV.
  5. 2010mini macrumors 68040

    Jun 19, 2013
    Couldn't it work off Bluetooth also?
  6. Dysnomia macrumors newbie


    Jun 3, 2015
    Still missing. Tv Channel category. I don't want to search through each category for different types of channels. I just want to see themall, and nothing else.
  7. man3ster macrumors member

    May 12, 2009
    possibly, but I am not sure what bluetooth speeds are. camera resolutions are getting so high, not to mention audio bitrate added to it and latency issues.
  8. Carlanga macrumors 604


    Nov 5, 2009
    If they do, it would be for FaceTime though
  9. npmacuser5 macrumors 6502a


    Apr 10, 2015
    For Apps, I would like to see the ability to search and deliver to the Apple TV from any IOS device.
  10. 2010mini, Feb 25, 2016
    Last edited: Feb 25, 2016

    2010mini macrumors 68040

    Jun 19, 2013
    You mean a tvOS section on iOS AppStore?

    Apple really needs to fix the categories. There are apps that show in the scroll screen when you select a category. But when you open that category the app is not there. Example: channels app.
  11. npmacuser5 macrumors 6502a


    Apr 10, 2015
    Yes. One App Store accessible from all Apple devices. Upon purchase, tell the App store what device or devices to deliver the App.
  12. campingsk8er macrumors 6502

    Feb 4, 2011
    Elizabethtown, PA
    You realize though that if you actually look at the logo, underneath where it says MacRumors, its says the NEWS and Rumors.... Everything doesn't have to be about rumours on this website.
  13. X38 macrumors 6502

    Jul 11, 2007
    That's nice, but what I really wish is that there was a way to browse all apps in the store. If something isn't in the top choices lists, there doesn't seem to be any way to find out about apps that I don't know about.
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    I would much rather see them add a Thundetbolt port so it could connect to 4K displays and to external storage devices fast enough to handle 4k streaming.
  14. patohi macrumors regular

    Sep 16, 2009
    Too bad the apps are garbage and the games aren't very good...
  15. 2010mini macrumors 68040

    Jun 19, 2013
    What exactly were expecting from an low powered streaming box??? PS4 quality games??
  16. ApfelKuchen macrumors 68030

    Aug 28, 2012
    Between the coasts
    Since both OS X and Apple TV apps are not compatible with iOS devices (and vice versa), it'll be necessary to make that abundantly clear before someone clicks Buy. I'm not sure Apple wants to be processing countless refund requests. "Whoops, I bought an Apple TV app, and I don't have an Apple TV!"

    And if an app exists for iOS, OS X, and Apple TV, those are separate purchases (and the code for each is incompatible with the other platforms), it's not "buy on one platform, use on all." Would it be nice? Yes. But a whole lot more than the App Store has to change before this would work.
  17. plugisto macrumors newbie

    Feb 26, 2016
    Yes, would love to be able to browse apps on each platform for each platform.
    Browse on iPhone for TV apps.
    Sometimes it seems that Apple doesnt understand its own products.

    Would love to see art as a category.
  18. coolfactor macrumors 68040

    Jul 29, 2002
    Vancouver, BC CANADA
    Probably just me, but I really don't like the "look" of the new tvOS screens. Something just not right about the spacing, font, colours... it doesn't feel "Apple-like", but I guess this is the new Apple.... visual designers with no taste.
  19. BeefCake 15 macrumors 65816

    BeefCake 15

    May 15, 2015
    near Boston, MA
    It's barely been 4 months since the release of the thing and graphics are more in competition of a Wii rather than a PS4/XBox
  20. Taz Mangus macrumors 68040

    Taz Mangus

    Mar 10, 2011
    Personally, I really like the new UI so, for me, the visual designers did just fine.
  21. npmacuser5, Feb 26, 2016
    Last edited: Feb 26, 2016

    npmacuser5 macrumors 6502a


    Apr 10, 2015
    Others are doing it now. Amazon, I can use my iPad (any web browser) to browse and purchase Apps for the FireTV. Their App or web browser shows which device the App is compatible with and allows you to select which devices to deliver App when purchase completed. If App not compatible the device is gray and not selectable. Something like this with some Apple tweets maybe. Apple is moving to more universal Apps so this approach may make sense.
  22. marty1980 macrumors 6502

    Apr 22, 2011
    Along with listing the supported devices down at the bottom of the App description (ya know, the part most normal people never see!), add a list of icons where "offers in-app purchases", age restrictions, and such live. Have an icon for iPhone, iPod, iPad, iWatch, TV and Mac. If people want to know what versions of each device type, they should go to the details in the App description. On top of this, display a warning prior to purchase on devices that do not support the app you are buying: "WARNING: This app is not supported on the device you are currently using. Please refer to the list of supported devices before making a purchase. Apple is not responsible for your ignorance."

    There's been plenty of times I've wanted to buy an iPad app from my phone, but couldn't. Usually in those cases it's because of a sale, but it would be convenient for any time. allows me to buy software and after purchase provides me the option to push the software to my different Playstation devices. I'm sure Xbox does this too (not an XBO owner). Seems like something Apple could do, but since they are all about simplicity, I am sure they are too worried this would "cause confusion."
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    I will admit that Disney Infinity 3.0 on the Apple TV is pretty impressive. Seems more on par or slightly better than PS3/XB360/Wii U. I'm tempted to base a Bluetooth base for it. While gaming isn't the best, there is potential. I have a PlayStation TV and the Apple TV seems like it could provide the same (if not better) quality of games if developers put the effort into it. The problem, I think, is that the Apple TV user-base is too small; especially the user-base of potential gamers.
  23. GeneralChang macrumors 65816

    Dec 2, 2013
    I don't disagree with your overall desire, it would be nice, and I agree that it seems like Apple is probably moving in this direction. Trouble is I don't see how they could really hit what you're describing without confusion. The Fire TV is probably a bad example of this, because nobody is going to accidentally buy a Fire TV app on an iPad thinking that it's an iPad app.

    Well, okay, some people might. But it's not likely. To be sure there was no confusion, Apple would almost have to do something like what they do with the iTunes stores, where the interface for buying music vs. the interface for buying movies, while in the same app, are in different sections and are totally different colors. And from what you're describing, that sounds like more segregation of the content than what you want.

    But yeah, if they were to add a tvOS app to iOS that I could use to buy apps and push them for download on my Apple TV, that'd be fantastic. The dream of getting the tvOS apps all mixed in with the iOS apps seems problematic at best to me.

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