iOS 15: App Store Hides Screenshots of Installed Apps in Search Results to Improve Discoverability

Apple on Monday previewed iOS 15 as the next major update to iOS, and already, despite the new software being in the hands of developers for just a few days, a plethora of hidden features continue to be discovered. One new hidden tweak is a change in behavior in the App Store, where now screenshots for already installed apps are hidden in ‌App Store‌ search results.

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The new change, spotted on Twitter, will make it easier for users to discover new or currently uninstalled apps on their device. Previously, all apps would display their screenshots inline within the ‌App Store‌ search page. On ‌iOS 15‌, that's been changed only to show the app name, icon, and "Open" button for installed apps. As a result, apps that were previously only seen by scrolling are now visible right away due to the new compact format.

‌iOS 15‌ includes several noteworthy features, including completely redesigned notifications, a new Focus mode, improvements to Maps, significant new FaceTime features, and more. Learn more about everything new in ‌iOS 15‌ using our guide.

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Top Rated Comments

HeinoM Avatar
15 months ago

Why are already installed apps even included in the first place? Or at least buried below some number of not installed apps.

Why are already installed apps even included in the first place? Or at least buried below some number of not installed apps.
I know that I sometimes forget I that have certain apps installed. So when I search the App Store for an app that can do xyz, it’s helpful to be reminded that , “oh yeah! I already have that!”
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
martyjmclean Avatar
15 months ago
This is neat, one of those didn't-know-I-wanted-until-it-existed features!
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
iDento Avatar
15 months ago
Subtle, but useful changes all over the place with iOS 15. The OS is very polished now.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
svish Avatar
15 months ago
Interesting for sure!
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
GlassFingers Avatar
15 months ago
What if you want to find the developer of an app you love and see what other apps they have built lately? Kinda sucks! Can’t be done if you can’t see your installed apps in the App Store. Plus you can’t view the privacy nutrition label… ??‍♂️
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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