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Browsing the App Store through iTunes

From: iOS 7: iPhone and iPad Essential Training

Video: Browsing the App Store through iTunes

Regardless of whether you've been using an iPhone, In case you're not showing the Side Bar, you can choose View Sidebar or, Now once the store appears, you can click App Store at the top of the screen to At the top of the screen, you can Selecting one takes you to a page featuring just those types of apps.

Browsing the App Store through iTunes

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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  1. 4m 46s
    1. Welcome
      1m 6s
    2. What's new in iOS 7?
      3m 40s
  2. 55m 0s
    1. A tour of the device
      5m 29s
    2. The Lock and Home screens
      2m 39s
    3. Accessing and using Control Center
      4m 37s
    4. Choosing and controlling your sounds
      5m 24s
    5. Learning finger gestures
      4m 1s
    6. Connecting to Wi-Fi networks
      3m 31s
    7. Using the Notification Center
      5m 41s
    8. Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, and Vimeo integration
      4m 59s
    9. Setting up an Apple ID with your iOS device
      4m 21s
    10. Customizing your wallpaper
      4m 40s
    11. Multitasking
      2m 48s
    12. Sharing files with AirDrop
      2m 53s
    13. Enabling and using Touch ID
      3m 57s
  3. 20m 58s
    1. Understanding the keyless keyboard
      4m 24s
    2. Fixing typos and using autocorrection
      6m 39s
    3. Exploring Select, Cut, Copy, and Paste
      3m 3s
    4. Accessing hidden shortcuts
      1m 40s
    5. Syncing a Bluetooth keyboard
      1m 53s
    6. Adding international and emoji keyboards
      3m 19s
  4. 39m 52s
    1. Connecting your device to your Mac or PC
      5m 37s
    2. Syncing music, movies, and ringtones
      7m 30s
    3. Syncing photos from a Mac
      6m 5s
    4. Syncing photos from a PC
      3m 25s
    5. Syncing contacts and calendars from a Mac
      3m 54s
    6. Syncing contacts and calendars from a PC
      3m 13s
    7. Understanding your backup options
      3m 50s
    8. Using wireless syncing
      2m 24s
    9. Using iTunes Match
      3m 54s
  5. 56m 16s
    1. Basic phone activities
      3m 9s
    2. Adding and managing favorites
      3m 11s
    3. Accessing voicemail
      3m 12s
    4. Receiving calls
      5m 44s
    5. Blocking numbers
      2m 45s
    6. Using the iPhone during a call
      5m 10s
    7. Using FaceTime
      5m 50s
    8. Making conference calls
      3m 1s
    9. Adding recent calls to your contacts
      1m 35s
    10. Sharing contacts
      2m 51s
    11. Assigning photos and ringtones to specific contacts
      3m 34s
    12. Using the included headset
      2m 47s
    13. Using a Bluetooth headset
      3m 34s
    14. Texting and using iMessages
      9m 53s
  6. 39m 0s
    1. Importing email accounts from your computer
      1m 50s
    2. Setting up Exchange, iCloud, Gmail, Yahoo!, or AOL email accounts
      4m 20s
    3. Setting up other types of email accounts
      2m 30s
    4. Keeping your iOS device email synced with your computer
      4m 32s
    5. Composing email
      4m 47s
    6. Receiving and reading email
      9m 22s
    7. Assigning VIPs
      2m 44s
    8. Searching your mailboxes
      1m 51s
    9. Setting mail options
      7m 4s
  7. 33m 34s
    1. Web browsing with Safari
      8m 11s
    2. Saving bookmarks and viewing the History list
      6m 29s
    3. Saving images
      2m 28s
    4. Completing forms and using AutoFill
      4m 34s
    5. Using Reader and the Reading List
      2m 11s
    6. Getting some privacy
      1m 54s
    7. Using iCloud tabs
      3m 43s
    8. Using iCloud Keychain
      4m 4s
  8. 35m 41s
    1. Browsing your library
      3m 6s
    2. Playing and controlling music
      7m 17s
    3. Playing and controlling video
      2m 37s
    4. Using the included earbud controls
      3m 0s
    5. Playing and controlling video
      6m 7s
    6. Adjusting your Music settings
      6m 26s
    7. Browsing and buying with the iTunes app
      4m 8s
    8. Using AirPlay to stream content from your device to an Apple TV
      3m 0s
  9. 51m 12s
    1. Shooting still photos with your device
      6m 48s
    2. Shooting in HDR
      2m 7s
    3. Shooting panoramas
      2m 34s
    4. Viewing, organizing, and editing photos
      9m 45s
    5. Shooting video
      2m 47s
    6. Shooting slow motion (iPhone 5s)
      3m 23s
    7. Shooting in burst mode (iPhone 5s)
      1m 38s
    8. Viewing and editing video
      2m 33s
    9. Taking screenshots
      1m 23s
    10. Sharing photos and video
      6m 27s
    11. Creating albums
      2m 57s
    12. Syncing your photos with a photo stream
      4m 9s
    13. Creating a shared photo stream
      4m 41s
  10. 22m 39s
    1. Getting your location with Maps
      3m 57s
    2. Finding addresses and nearby businesses
      3m 37s
    3. Bookmarking locations
      3m 12s
    4. Getting directions
      4m 15s
    5. Showing traffic and alternative maps
      2m 48s
    6. Using 3D and Flyover views
      2m 34s
    7. Using the Compass app
      2m 16s
  11. 28m 17s
    1. Adding events to your calendar
      10m 55s
    2. Subscribing to calendars
      2m 34s
    3. Setting Time Zone Support
      2m 21s
    4. Using the Clock app
      7m 4s
    5. Setting reminders
      5m 23s
  12. 6m 11s
    1. Using the Notes app
      3m 4s
    2. Using the Voice Memos app
      3m 7s
  13. 11m 48s
    1. Passbook
      6m 6s
    2. Stocks
      2m 32s
    3. Calculator
    4. Weather
      2m 20s
  14. 20m 51s
    1. Browsing the App Store through iTunes
      6m 3s
    2. Browsing the App Store on your iOS device
      6m 15s
    3. Purchasing apps
      7m 24s
    4. Finding app settings
      1m 9s
  15. 25m 38s
    1. Airplane mode
      2m 25s
    2. Wi-Fi
      3m 2s
    3. Do Not Disturb
      4m 7s
    4. The About section
      2m 27s
    5. Usage
      4m 10s
    6. Date & Time settings
      1m 25s
    7. Restrictions
      3m 21s
    8. Privacy
      4m 41s
  16. 14m 28s
    1. Using Auto-Lock
      1m 22s
    2. Using Passcode Lock
      6m 1s
    3. Using Find My iPhone and Activation Lock
      7m 5s
  17. 17m 52s
    1. Introducing Siri
      9m 26s
    2. Listening and responding to messages
      4m 1s
    3. Setting reminders
      2m 51s
    4. Dictating in apps
      1m 34s
  18. 16m 33s
    1. Begin by restarting
      1m 6s
    2. Force-quitting apps
      1m 3s
    3. Rebooting
    4. Resetting
      1m 47s
    5. Erasing and restoring
      4m 32s
    6. Checking for updates
      1m 41s
    7. Optimizing battery life
      5m 41s
  19. 32s
    1. Goodbye

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