Apple TV’s App Store gets better curation with addition of categories

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After some complaints about app discoverability for the new Apple TV App Store that launched late last month, Apple appears to be rolling out curated categories for the storefront not unlike its App Store on iPhone and iPad.

The new categories currently only include lists for gaming and entertainment apps, but it’s likely the curated lists will expand into other categories as Apple continues to enhance curation on the newly launched App Store.

Apple added top charts to the Apple TV App Store last week after first rolling out the store with just curated picks of select apps. We also got a look at some of the top selling/downloaded apps. At the time we noted that games were dominating both the Top Paid and Top Grossing charts, showing the Apple TV’s potential in that arena after years of not offering gaming apps. 

The new fourth generation Apple TV officially went on sale in initial launch countries late last month as the first of Apple’s set top box products to include a full-fledged App Store with an open app development platform.

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  1. Adrian Calderon - 7 years ago

    Show some love to the apps. Show some apps on the store.

    • I can recommend you the app called Box Attack for Apple TV it reminds me of Stack Attack on my old Siemens S45 but with much more action and powerups. It’s free and also available for iOS. I love the game

      Or Asphalt the racing game is pretty cool too :)

  2. Patrick van Zadel - 7 years ago

    I have none of these. Not categories and not top charts what gives?

    • taoprophet420 - 7 years ago

      Double click the home button, swipe up to quit the app store then relaunch. At least it worked for me.

  3. taoprophet420 - 7 years ago

    Why was;t categories and top charts available in the app store for Apple TV day one?

    Now if they would add voice search for the app store, the remote app and keyboard support you could navigate the damn thing much better.
    Adding in your cable or satellite company under subscriptions would also eliminate having to type with the Siri remote. I spent 30 plus minutes activating tv streaming apps yesterday.

    Leaving these features out would made since if Apple wasn’t working on this version of hardware for 2 years. ‘

  4. Inaba-kun (@Inaba_kun) - 7 years ago

    These are only in the US by the looks of it.

    Apple, get your act together. And while you’re at it, stop letting ATV app makers poop out ugly as hell TVML “apps” which resemble MS-DOS throwbacks.

  5. galley99 - 7 years ago

    Will there be a category just for all the video fireplace apps? 😜

  6. I only have the original ones on My Apple TV in the UK.. Featured, Purchased and Search.. Not checked this morning but I certainly did not have any of the other headings at all

    • Patrick van Zadel - 7 years ago

      I think it’s because it only happens on the US App store at the moment (I switched to my US account and they were there, switched back and their gone again).

      Or apple is very slow in rolling this feature out.

  7. Mario Cunha - 7 years ago

    I have nothing as well. Apart from not having Siri (which is really a disappointment) I don’t see any categories on the app store…. Getting tired of not having the same attention from Apple in my country….. I pay the same for my products…. as everyone. When I bought apple TV was advertised everywhere that was coming with Siri.. It seem is not in most of the countries….

    • Patrick van Zadel - 7 years ago

      I totally agree with this.
      We are living at the end of 2015 en soon we are in 2016, Yet still I have to deal with these imaginary borders.

      Companies need to realise that if they want to make money their customers should be handled with respect but this is plain disrespectful.

      I was hoping for a change with this AppleTV version cause the previous version in my country we had shitty apps.
      We don’t even have TV Shows from Apple.

      Every ad for this one was heavily branded on the “Siri” Remote and I understand they need time to compensate for different accents in countries.
      But don’t insult my intelligence by assuming I even want Siri in my native language. We understand English. Hell I prefer English for my UI and Siri above my native language.
      They are not even giving me the option to choose it on my own.

      They have money to burn and yet still I have to pay top money for a product which has been intentionally slimmed down in features because they deem it best for my country.

      Now I am gonna hold on to my Apple TV 4th Gen cause I still want it to be great, I have 2 Apple TV’s 3rd Gen in my home for years now that are being use daily.
      And because it had no app store I made a US Apple ID for US Content. Paying dollars for TV Shows/Seasons.
      I was very happy to see a Apple TV that finally had an app store and all the features us users had been hoping for.
      Only to find out it is basically a buffed Apple TV 3rd Gen at the moment cause I still can’t do and can’t see shit on my Apple TV 4th Gen.

      I am sincerely hoping this will change in the future..


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