Apple Adds 'Chomp' Styled App Store Search Results and More in iOS 6

Apple has quietly made some changes to iOS 6's App Store app formatting tonight and introduced a new search results format that seem clearly inspired by Chomp.

Chomp was a three-year old search and app discovery startup that was acquired by Apple earlier this year. The reason for the acquisition was reportedly to improve the App Store search and app discovery. It appears the first of those efforts are being deployed in iOS 6.

iOS 6 search results on left, Chomp app shown on right

On the iPhone, the new search results show a single tile result that can be swiped to move to each new result. Chomp's iOS app used a similar tile system in their search results.

In a thread in our forums, some users are already unhappy with the shift as it is slower to browse through many results.

Meanwhile, 9to5Mac notes several other changes in App Store functionality such as Genius support, Purchased section and Podcast search:

Also adding to the iOS 6 App Store updates, Apple has enabled the Genius recommendation section this evening, providing users with apps that may be in their interest to download. Furthermore, the purchased section has also joined the party, displaying all the apps a user has downloaded to their account, making it easy to retrieve favorite apps. Last but certainly not least, the iTunes Store has been updated with the ability to once again search for podcasts.

The iPad version of iOS 6 also shows the new tile-based results, but is able to show four results at a time. (screenshot).

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106 months ago
Somehow I don't think this is done. There needs to be a way to toggle between this view and the normal list view, otherwise it would take forever to look at your search results. :confused:

It's like they made the Music app with only the coverflow interface.
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106 months ago
When I want to "search" for something I don't want to have to scroll through each. and. every. one. of. them. at. a. time. *sigh* What was the point of this? How does it improve the user experience at all?
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106 months ago
I prefer the Top 25 in the middle rather than Genius. This tiled theme will also be slower to look through the apps. Plus they take away streetview & youtube. Tempted to stay with ios 5.
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106 months ago
As an indie developer - this sucks.

It now means that someone searching for your app that doesn't quite remember the name will likely not find it.

I think it is fine that they show more info on the results page, but only a single result at a time? It is like using Google just with the "I'm Feeling Lucky" button.
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106 months ago
Which chump at Apple made this Chomp style interfa..... I'll get my coat.
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106 months ago
This looks like an absolutely terrible way to search through big lists of apps.
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