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Regardless of whether you've been using an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch for a while, or if you've just started using your first iOS device, you're probably well aware of the App Store. The one stop, only game in town place to browse, purchase and download apps for your iOS device. Yes, iOS 7 comes with some great and incredibly useful built in applications, but let's face it. These devices are really mini handheld computers, and are capable of so much more than just what they do out of the box. And thousands of developers have created as I record this, over 900,000 apps and counting for iOS.
We've reached the point where if you think of something you wished the iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch can do, and it's within the realm of possibility for it to do so. Chances are that one or more developers have thought of the same idea, and created an app for it. It's just a matter of hitting the App Store and performing a search. You can find apps for getting up to the minute news and weather reports, for coordinating travel plans, for managing your finances, for finding a new restaurant, for working out. And of course, you'll find tons of games. And that doesn't even come close to doing justice to the range of applications you can find in the App Store.
Now there are two ways to browse, purchase and install apps from the App Store. You can do it from iTunes on your computer, or from your IOS device itself. Kind of like how you can browse and purchase music and videos from the iTunes store in both iTunes or from your device. There are advantages and disadvantages to each, so let's take a look at the process starting with iTunes on the computer. Begin by selecting the iTunes store in your source list on the left hand side here. In case you're not showing the Side Bar, you can choose View Sidebar or, if you prefer to keep it hidden, you can always jump to the iTunes store.
By clicking the button here. Now once the store appears, you can click App Store at the top of the screen to jump to the main App Store page. On this main page, you'll always find several lists of featured applications like Best New Apps, which you can scroll through here. And you'll find other categories like Best New Games, designed for iOS 7. Previous Editor Choices and so on. At the top of the screen, you can specify whether you're searching for iPhone or iPad apps. Even though iPhone apps run on the iPad, certain apps have been designed to run specifically on the iPad or have been optimized to run better on the iPad.
Whatever the case the main App Store screen is a good place to start if you're just browsing and not looking for anything in particular. If you kind of know what sort of app you're looking for, you can narrow down your choices by clicking the arrow next to the App Store button here at the top. And from here you can select from several categories of apps. Selecting one takes you to a page featuring just those types of apps. Typically, you have the Top Paid and Free apps in the categories here listed on the right. Here, we see the Top Paid Apps in Business, and the Top Free Apps in Business. Featured items are always at the top of the page. And the rest of the apps here are sorted by category.
And again, in this case, we have Best New Apps, At work Essentials, and so on. You can always click See All to see all the apps in any particular category. There's a Sort menu here to switch from Featured to Release Date or alphabetically by name. Now some types of apps are so popular and plentiful, like Games, that they again have their own sort of mini home page where you will find the Best New Apps. There's a section here called What We're Playing and so on, but if I scroll down. Here under More Games, you can click on over a dozen different games genres to continue your search. Then again we can browse through this category.
We can click See All. Then we can sort. Well let's say I'm interested in a fitness related app. I'll go to Health and Fitness. Now, I could browse my way through hundreds or thousands of apps in this category but, since I'm looking for something specific, I'm probably wanting to perform a search instead. Let's say I'm looking for an app that will help me track my runs. So, up here in the Search bar, where it currently says Search Store, I'll just type running. Now this gives me results for apps as well as songs, albums, and podcasts. I can filter this list over here on the right by choosing, say, iPhone Apps.
And now I'm just seeing iPhone app results. And I can scroll through and see all the results. Now since running is sort of a vague term, I'm seeing both fitness apps as well as lots of games. So unless you know the specific app you want to check out, you're still going to probably have to browse through many rows or screens of apps to narrow down your selection. But you can check out the details of any app by clicking it. I'll click this one called Run with Map My Run. So this is the detail screen for this particular app. Every app has its own detail screen where you can read the app description. You can find out what's new in the latest version of the app.
If you choose Show All Versions, you can see what updates have been made. And up here at the top of the screen, I can click Ratings and Reviews, to read through user reviews. These are generally reviews from people who have downloaded and used the app themselves. It's a really useful way to get a sense of how good the app is, beyond what the developer puts in the description themselves. Now, Apple does screen every app that appears in the store, but that's mostly for technical issues. And to make sure an app doesn't violate any policies. So many sub par apps do make it onto the store. The customer reviews can be a good defense against purchasing a poorly functioning or just plain bad app.
You might also find the Related Section useful. If that particular app is not quite what you're looking for, you can find related apps. And see what customers also bought. But if after reading the description and checking out the reviews, you're interested enough to download the app, scroll back up here to the top of the screen. And this is where you'll find the button to purchase the app. It will either be labelled with the app's price, or it will say Free if the app you're looking at is free, and many of them are. Now we'll look at the purchasing and downloading process in its own up coming movie, but that's the basics of browsing the App Store through iTunes on your computer.
Next we'll take a look at how the process works on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.
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