Apple’s introduction of App Stores for iOS, the Mac and now the
Apple TV, has been a boon for both developers and users. Developers get access to millions of potential customers, while we get to see thousands of great apps for our Macs, iPhones and iPads.
But unfortunately the App Stores have come in for criticism over time. Many developers claim that less well-known apps just get lost within the stores, while a handful of big-name apps hog all the limelight. Former Apple executive Jean-Louis Gassée even published
an open letter to CEO Tim Cook, suggesting ways of improving the App Store.
Over time there have been some improvements to the App Store algorithms, with the effect being slightly more relevant results, at least on the iOS App Store. Because it now ranks apps for keywords that are not in the title or the ‘keyword’ slot. You should also see alternative apps that are similar to the one you searched for directly. However, we aren’t sure that a lot of this functionality has made it’s way to the Mac App Store, which still seems to return random results.
Apple has also made some acquisitions that should have the effect of improving search and Mac App Store recommendations.
However, you are likely to find searching on the Mac App Store a frustrating experience. We searched for Email and got quite a mishmash of results. Luckily we have some tips below that should help you find things a little more easily and effectively.
So here’s our guide to finding the best apps on the store – and even some stuff that the Mac App Store search results may not tell you about.
If you want to know how to update your apps on your Mac, read this:
How to update all your Mac apps.