Apple has made a significant change to the “Top Charts” section in the iOS App Store just ahead of its Worldwide Developers Conference next week in San Francisco – it’s now only featuring the Top 150 Paid, Free and Top Grossing applications, where before it was featuring the Top 300 on iPhone, and Top 1,500 on iPad. That means that half the applications which previously counted on being ranked here for discovery purposes are gone from sight, are have to be found via search or category listings instead.
The change appears to have gone into effect starting around May 23rd, before the Memorial Day holiday weekend here in the U.S.
And to be clear, this change is only affecting the mobile version of the iTunes App Store (the App Store app on iOS devices), not the App Store in the iTunes desktop software. On the desktop, the App Store shows the Top 200…
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