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Apr 12, 2001

Apple has slashed the number of app categories listed in the Mac App Store's Categories tab, an apparently intentional move that may irk Mac users and developers who rely on the tab to aid app discoverability.


The tab now lists just 10 categories, down from the 21 it had listed since the revamped Mac App Store debuted with the launch of macOS Mojave in September. The missing categories include Finance, Lifestyle, Sports, Weather, Medical, Travel, Education, Reference, Entertainment, Health & Fitness, and News. That leaves the following 10 categories that users can still browse individually:
Developer Tools
[*]Graphics & Design
[*]Music [*] Photography
[*] Productivity
[*]Social Networking
When a developer submits their app to Apple for inclusion on the Mac App Store, they can assign the app a primary category and a secondary category. The primary category is particularly important for discoverability, as this is the one in which the app appears when users browse the Mac App Store or filter search results. Up until yesterday, it also determined the app's placement among the 21 categories listed in the Categories tab.

@AppleSupport Mac App Store is no longer showing all categories, missing Finance, Medical and other categories. Reproducible on different Macs. - Debit & Credit (@DebitCreditApp) November 1, 2018
OK, thanks. As it turns out, what you are noticing is expected behavior. We always appreciate hearing customer feedback. You can leave your thoughts here: - Apple Support (@AppleSupport) November 1, 2018
It's unclear at present why Apple has decided to hamstring the Categories tab, as the categories that are missing are still being used to classify apps in the Mac App Store, and Apple's documentation for developers on choosing a category for their Mac app hasn't changed. Currently, iPhone and iPad users remain able to browse all 21 iOS app categories individually in the iOS App Store app.

We've reached out to Apple for comment regarding the change to the Mac App Store and will update this article if we learn more.

Update: Apple brought back the 11 missing categories in the Categories tab as of Saturday morning. Why they were removed in the first place remains a mystery.

Article Link: Apple Removes 11 Categories From the Mac App Store Categories Tab [Update: They're Back]


macrumors 6502a
Sep 30, 2014
National Capital Region
"We've reached out to Apple for comment regarding <topic> and will update this article if we learn more."

Hell will freeze first.
Apple-support::= {silence, mum, nada, zip, reticence, tight-lipped, unforthcoming, ...}


macrumors member
Apr 25, 2017
As a developer of 'News Explorer', I'm unsure to which remaining category I should reassign my app. Business? Social Networking? There was really nothing wrong or confusing with the removed 'News' category. Apart from that, more developers will reassign their apps to the remaining categories, which will probably result in an overcrowded confusing mess.


Jul 26, 2012
The Mac App Store is so crumby. I am wanted an ID3 editor so went there. There were a load of apps that hasn’t been updated, or just generally looked crap, or by developers that had no website or anything so that I could confirm they were trusted.

So I get on the MacRumors forums and get recommended a fabulous app. The forums here are a far better resource for apps.


macrumors 6502a
Apr 21, 2010
It's pretty much guaranteed to be arbitrary now. If an app doesn't fit in 1 of 21 categories, it surely isn't going to fit in 10.
I think the categories should be removed altogether and developers could rather assign some keywords to help searching.

For an example there are a gazillion camera apps with filters, and I find the developers put them not always under photography, but rather “Social Networking”, “Productivity “ or “Graphics and design”.


Jan 2, 2018
It makes me really wonder how bad app discovery is in apple stores. reminds me of the PS3 store just that one has about 1500 games and you can brute force your way through

Appstore has about 2 million apps.
Simple faceted search with a few filters like in app purchase, trial, free, paid, multiplayer(LAN), single player, split screen ... age restriction....genre... year of release/last update, internet required.... would help a lot.

Idk just think it should be no brainer.
Is it on purpose they don't do it? So its harder for people to avoid freemium games?
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macrumors 68020
Mar 1, 2018
Just kill it already! Put it out of its misery! Slow death is the worst!

Mac doesn't need App Store at all, if you removed it tomorrow, I guess that I wouldn't even notice.
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macrumors member
May 16, 2014
This is not good. A detriment to browsing the store.

I’d encourage anyone who agrees to log comments via Apple’s feedback webpage.
What sort of crazy society are we in where consumers have to run after companies like puppy dogs begging for usable products and services? It should be the companies running after the consumers begging for their patronage.


macrumors 604
Jan 7, 2014
In between a rock and a hard place
I think the categories should be removed altogether and developers could rather assign some keywords to help searching.

For an example there are a gazillion camera apps with filters, and I find the developers put them not always under photography, but rather “Social Networking”, “Productivity “ or “Graphics and design”.
Wanting to get rid of categories completely is an entirely different issue. Dealing with "what is" means apps are just going to be more arbitrarily categorized.
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