Update (11/5): This morning, Apple has recovered all the categories it removed last week. Perhaps this was a mistake at all?
This morning it broke that Apple removed 11 categories from the Mac App Store. The categories that have been removed are: Education, Entertainment, Finance, Health and Fitness, Lifestyle, Medical, News, Reference, Sport, Travel, Weather.
We found all the apps listed in these categories and amount to 6,226 apps, about 21% of all apps available for the Mac App Store.
Small Categories Got Aksen
Looking at the distribution of apps by category over, we can easily see that the categories that were removed were quite small. Everything but education had less than 1
Social networking is one of the smallest categories when it comes to apps, with only 260 apps, but seems to have made the cut. Most likely because Apple knows that it has apps that people need.
Education, on the other hand, the fourth largest category by size, disappeared. This, coupled with Apple's education-focused event earlier this year, may indicate that a new education-focused store will be coming soon.
Regardless of the number of apps, multiple categories are sure that users find the apps they need faster, giving app developers a higher chance of being detected. As it stands, apparently removing these categories seems to be the opposite of better .
Apps are still active
What's interesting is that when you search for an app from a category that was removed, the search query found the results include the app, and the app's page even shows the name of the removed category, which means the apps Not being removed, but just homeless and indisputable.
Apple has not provided any guidance to developers for handling. This situation, but if this is not a mistake, we expect this guide to follow soon. In the meantime, if your Mac app is in one of the removed categories, you may want to move it to one of the existing categories to maintain some discoverability.
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