iPhone App Store - Features
So what are the basic things you need to know about the iPhone App Store? First things first, you can access the iPhone App Store on both your computer desktop and iPhone. On your computer desktop, the iPhone App Store is available as one of the features of iTunes. In your iPhone, the App Store is a native app that comes as a default application. It has its own app icons waiting for you on your iPhone's homescreen. Naturally, if you want to access the iPhone App Store, you need to have iTunes installed on your computer. On the iPhone the App Store and iTunes app are two separate apps. The iTunes app lets you purchase movies, music, and other multimedia content.
To access the iPhone App Store, you simply tap on its icon and you'll be presented with several options on the lower part of your iPhone's screen. These options are - Featured, Categories, Top 25, Search, and the most important of all Updates. Here's a quick rundown of what each of these options contains.
Featured - this is the main App Store menu containing recommended apps by the App Store staff and other special groupings of apps available for you to download. You can filter the viewing of apps on the Featured option by New, What's Hot, and apps recommended by the Genius tool. If you scroll down to the lower part of the screen while on any of the Featured tabs, you'll find the "Redeem" option. Tap on this and you will be able to redeem apps via promo codes or iTunes Gift Cards. Just below this option is another option this time for checking out your iTunes account. More of that later.
Categories - this option lists apps by the different categories in the iPhone App Store. There are currently 20 apps categories available. Tapping any of these categories will bring you to another screen listing the sub-categories and then you'll reach the screen where the different apps are listed. Apps in these sub-categories are further filtered by "top paid," "top free," and "release date."
Top 25 - the next option is for displaying the current top 25 apps based on the number of downloads these apps received so far. You can further expand this list up to the top 50 apps if you think that you need to see more top apps as well as see the listing for the top free, top paid and top grossing apps based on the number of times they are downloaded.
Search - if you have a particular app in mind that you want to check out or you want to find apps based on keywords, the iPhone App Store also has a very useful search function.
Updates - this option gives you the available updates for all the apps installed on your iPhone. Watch out for the red notification badge that appears on this option from time to time as it contains important fixes and other updates to your iPhone apps. You can choose to update apps individually or update them all at the same time.
Next up - The individual app entries and how you can download iPhone apps.