Apple Adds Multiple New App Categories to tvOS App Store

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Apple today updated the tvOS App Store to add several new app categories to make it easier for Apple TV 4 owners to find content on their devices. As outlined by AfterPad, a site that showcases Apple TV apps, the new categories are rolling out to Apple TV users and may not be available to everyone just yet. Some users may only see the new categories under Purchased Apps until the rollout is complete.

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New categories are as follows:

  • Business Apps
  • Weather Apps
  • Utilities
  • Travel Apps
  • Social Networking Apps
  • Reference Apps
  • Productivity Apps
  • Music Apps
  • Finance Apps
  • Book Apps
  • Medical Apps
  • Catalogs

At launch, the tvOS App Store did not include a Categories section like the iOS App Store, making app discovery difficult early on. App Categories were added at the beginning of November. Available categories were initially limited to just Games and Entertainment, but they have expanded since then.

The tvOS App Store now closely mirrors the iOS App Store when it comes to content discovery, with Categories, Top Charts, and featured apps available.

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61 months ago
If Apple opens up the USB type C connector, having a camera and the Skype application would be a wonderful thing on the Apple TV.
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61 months ago
For Apps, I would like to see the ability to search and deliver to the Apple TV from any IOS device.
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61 months ago
They also added "not on this apple tv" in purchase section.
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61 months ago
Probably just me, but I really don't like the "look" of the new tvOS screens. Something just not right about the spacing, font, colours... it doesn't feel "Apple-like", but I guess this is the new Apple.... visual designers with no taste.
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61 months ago
Still missing. Tv Channel category. I don't want to search through each category for different types of channels. I just want to see themall, and nothing else.
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61 months ago

You mean a tvOS section on iOS AppStore?

Apple really needs to fix the categories. There are apps that show in the scroll screen when you select a category. But when you open that category the app is not there. Example: channels app.

Yes. One App Store accessible from all Apple devices. Upon purchase, tell the App store what device or devices to deliver the App.
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