Apple has made a significant change to the “Top Charts” section in the iOS App Store just ahead of its Worldwide Developers Conference next week in San Francisco – it’s now only featuring the Top 150 Paid, Free and Top Grossing applications, where before it was featuring the Top 300 on iPhone, and Top 1,500 on iPad. That means that half the applications that previously counted on being ranked here for discovery purposes are gone and have to be found via search or category listings instead.
As noted in Forbes’ regular Apple Loop column, Apple appears to be testing a promotional code system, where developers can redeem codes to gain access to in-app purchases. Currently being trialled on a very small number of application, including EA’s Real Racing 3 which was already seen as a test-bed of the freemium model by the publisher, the widespread availability of promo codes for use by developers may be one of the announcements at next week’s WWDC.
Joy of Cooking [iPad; $5.99] Joy of Cooking, the first cookbook in many kitchens, is now the must-have app for every cook-experts and beginners alike. Version 1.0.4 brings the following changes:
Seismometer 6th [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $0.99] Taking advantage of the built-in accelerometer in your iPhone and iPad, Seismometer 6th detects and visualizes any vibrations and moves of the device.
Already, the company has made several improvements to App Store search, most recently with the introduction of “related search” suggestions that appear after a user types in a keyword or keywords to find an application of interest. For example, a search for “calendar” may offer similar suggestions like “calendar planner” or “daily planner.”
Record of Agarest War [iOS Universal; $14.99] HyperDevbox is proud to announce that the massively popular tactical role-playing game (J-RPG) for home video game consoles, Record of Agarest War (English version), is now available for iOS.