Apple has made some minor changes and improvements in the App Store on the eve of the iPad 3 media event.
Folks at AppleBitch (via Cult of Mac) report that Apple has tweaked the “Top Charts” section in the App Store for the iPad. The new interface now allows you to scroll through the “Top Paid iPad Apps” and “Top Free iPad Apps” horizontally by swiping from left to right rather than vertically.
In addition to the user interface changes, Apple seems to have also improved the performance as the scrolling through the top apps is quite a breeze compared to earlier, where you had to tap on “Twenty Five more..” to retrieve the next set of iPad apps from the Top iPad Apps list (which is still the case in the App Store for iPhone).
MacRumors has also discovered that Apple has added a new category called “Catalogs” in the App Store and has already added several apps like Catalog Spree, SkyMall, MTG Merchant in this new category.
The apps had previously been listed under the Lifestyle and Utility sections of the App Store.
The Catalogs category is not yet fully deployed to the App Store, and is not accessible directly from the App Store’s category listings. Linking directly to the Catalogs category in the App Store presently shows an empty list.
It’s not clear if the addition of the new “Catalogs” category is merely a coincidence or Apple plans to demo some of the Catalog apps on iPad 3’s Retina Display. We’ll soon find out.