Apple has started to roll out suggested words on the App Store to speed up your searches.
- Touch tags to filter your App Store results further.
- You can select multiple suggestions, when available.
- The feature attempts to predict what you’re looking for.
- It appeared for some folks earlier as part of a test.
- Available in the US, UK, Canada and Australia.
The App Store gains search suggestions
The feature was announced by the official App Store account on Twitter.
“Introducing search suggestions on the App Store,” reads the tweet. “Select/deselect multiple suggestions to refine your search so you can find even more amazing apps and games.”
🗣 Introducing search suggestions on the App Store!
Select (or deselect) multiple suggestions to refine your search so you can find even more amazing apps and games.
Search suggestions roll out today starting with the USA, Canada, the UK, and Australia. pic.twitter.com/viaZHlCZMb
— App Store (@AppStore) April 29, 2021
According to the announcement, search suggestions on the App Store are rolling out today, starting with the US, the UK, Canada and Australia. Watch this space as we’ll update you when search suggestions on the App Store expand to other countries and regions.
The feature works as you’d expected.
How to use search tags on the App Store
When you run a query for a trending keyword on the App Store, like “music”, you can refine your searches by tapping related suggested words, such as “streaming,” “editor,” “recorder,” “production” and some such. Doing so will instantly update your search with matching results.
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For some queries, you can choose more than one suggested term. For instance, refining a query for “music” by tapping the tag “maker” surfaces additional tags like “video,” “sheet,” “games” and “cover” that you can choose alongside “maker” to refine that search even further.
🚨Major App Store Update from Apple: Introducing search “tags” for filtering results:
A search tag is a search term used by people when searching in the App Store to filter the search results, so the more specific a user is the less tags there are for them to use for filtering. pic.twitter.com/jc4JbtHixd
— Nick (@nickjsheriff) March 21, 2021
With 70 percent of visitors taking advantage of search to find apps on the App Store, anything that can be helpful to people in terms of finding the apps they need without having to scroll through endless search results should be met with universal acclaim.
This feature seems to have been cooking in Cupertino’s labs for quite a number of years—Apple was spotted testing related search suggestions on the App Store as far back as 2014.