Inside iOS 11: App Store renovation for iPhone, iPad clearly Apple Music inspired

Other than speed enhancements and new multitasking features, some of the changes to iOS 11 are cosmetic —one of those surface changes is the appearance of the App Store to make it more look like Apple Music’s design language.

It’s not quite a cut-and-paste job, but its very close. Apple has shaken up the default store tabs a bit, probably responding to actual customer navigations through the store over time.

Previously, the tabs on the bottom of the store on the iPhone were Featured, Categories, Top Charts, Search, and Updates. The new tabs are Today, Games, Apps, Updates, and Search.

Functionality of Search and Updates are effectively unchanged. The new Today tab replaces and augments the Featured section, with Top Charts supplanted by Games.

Games tab, on an 12.9-inch iPad Pro running iOS 11
Games tab, on an 12.9-inch iPad Pro running iOS 11

Pleasantly, given the slight increase in graphical presentation, the interface is snappy, with no notable hangs in rendering or other oddities. In the course of our examination, we did have one crash to the iOS Home screen, but this is a very early beta of the software, and crashes are to be expected.

Updates tab, on a 12.9-inch iPad Pro, running iOS 11
Updates tab, on a 12.9-inch iPad Pro, running iOS 11

Search results are about the same, with returns varying between iOS10 and iOS 11 sometimes because of the latter’s ignoring of 32-bit apps. One search result, and a slight bit more is returned on the iPhone 7 Plus, where the iPad Pro in this case gets a few. The amount of returned data in a search doesn’t vary from iOS 10 to iOS 11 when compared on the same hardware —but how it is graphically displayed changes a bit.

  • Search results on iOS 11 on an iPad Pro 12.9-inch
  • Search results on an iPhone 7 Plus running iOS 11
  • Search results on an iPhone SE, running iOS 10

Neither iOS 10 nor iOS 11 hold an advantage on search times on the store. Both returned results at about the same speed.

Notably, like Apple Music, there is no portrait mode on the iPhone.

Whether or not you appreciate the change depends greatly on if you like the Apple Music redesign. If you didn’t, you won’t find much to like here, at least at first.