Apple announces much improved App Store with app bundles/previews, better search and more

ios 8 app store updates

In addition to all the goodies outlined earlier, Apple during the WWDC 2014 keynote running at San Francisco’s Moscone West has announced a much announced App Store with the new Explore tab, Trending searches, making search faster with continuously scrolling search, the new Editor’s Choice label for highlighted apps, app previews with short videos right inside the App Store, app bundles and more…

Apple also introduced a new beta-test service called TestFlight, stemming from its recent acquisition of TestFlight creator, a company called Burstly.

ios 8 testflight

Apple said that there are a total of 1.2 million apps available in the App Store now. More than an astounding 300 million people are visiting the App Store every week and not just browsing the store, but downloading apps.

iOS 8 app store app bundles
App bundles in the iOS 8 App Store.

In fact, more than 75 billion apps have been downloaded since the App Store’s inception in the summer of 2008. The company also said it sold more than a hundred million units of the iPod touch thus far.

And, 200 million iPads and 500 million iPhones have been shipped to date, helping bring over 130 million customers new to Apple.

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App previews in the reworked App Store.

These stats were meant to highlight that the iOS platform remains the most vibrant app community on the planet, despite Android’s lead in market share and activations.