Apple to Update App Store with App Bundles, Beta Tests, More [iOS Blog]

After showing off the mainline features for iOS 8 at its Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple announced improvements for App Store starting with iOS 8, including app bundles, beta testing, improved search and more.

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The App Store will soon add an “Explore” tab, allowing users to explore through categories and sub-categories easily. Search has also been improved, with the ability to see the top trending searches in the App Store and related searches.

Developers can also bundle together apps, allowing users to buy multiple apps for a single discounted price. Also available to developers are previews, which allows developers to include short videos to tell users what their app is all about.

Finally, developers can also invite users to beta test their apps in a new service called TestFlight, which allows developers to see information about their app from right within the service. The service is free for developers. Apple acquired iOS beta testing program TestFlight in February.

Apple also announced that there are now 1.2 million apps in the App Store and nearly 300 million visitors to the App Store per week that are downloading apps. Additionally, the App Store has seen 75 billion apps been downloaded.



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