iPhone 7 Concept: What It’s Like To Display Images Full-Screen

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Apple TV App Store Tops 1,000 Apps: Games And Video Apps Dominate, But Discovery Is A Challenge.

Developers have been digging into the Apple TV App Store data in the absence of category listings and a Top Charts section on Apple’s newly launched version of its media player device, which now, for the first time ever, has opened up to third-party applications. Apple had “hundreds” of applications live at the time of the TV App Store’s launch, though apparently not enough to build out dedicated category pages or rankings at that time. This data pull indicated that the Top Paid and Top Grossing apps tended to be dominated by games, though a handful of video-related apps, like a Plex client, or utilities, like Carrot Weather or AirVideo, were also gaining ground.

In addition, Apple TV apps appear to be priced higher than iOS apps, 9to5Mac reported, noting that it was common for apps to be in the $5 to $10 range, and very few priced at $0.99 as on the iOS App Store. Jeff Scott, editor and publisher of Slide to Play, also offered a detailed breakdown by category, noting that there were 383 games; 192 “entertainment” apps; 80 education apps; 52 lifestyle apps; 49 music apps; 41 news apps; 39 health and fitness apps; 34 photo apps; 28 utilities; 26 sports apps; 14 weather apps. That indicates that Apple TV users are perhaps more interested in over-the-top video selections, or are fine with using an antenna to gain access to network TV. After dedicating time to be one of the first to have their apps ready in time to be available for download at launch, some developers complain that the lack of categories and other issues related to search are making it difficult for new users to find their apps.

There are several featured collections available at launch, including What to Watch, What to Play, Best New Apps, Gorgeous Games, Sports, Start Your Engines (car-themed games), and others, but many great apps are still hidden from view, despite these introductory collections. Plus, Apple may be interested in seeing which app categories will emerge – this is a new platform that could invite different types of applications, compared to what you’ll see on iPhone, iPad and even Apple Watch.

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