I admit, my first impression of the newly redesigned App Store that debuted with iOS 6.0 was not a good one. It was slow, which I could forgive given the amount of traffic hitting Apple's servers with the update's release, and it was... different.
There's good and bad to be found on the new App Store. It allows for your to download an app without being kicked out of the App Store, and the new color scheme is definitely easier on the eyes. But while the display of a screenshot in each app's tab on the search screen is nice, it also means you can only see six apps displayed on the screen rather than twelve.
The app detail screen has been redesigned, with ratings and reviews moved to its own tab and the screenshots moved up before the description. This means those that like to check out the ratings breakdown and a few reviews will need to check out an additional page.
The Categories tab has also disappeared. This page might seem a little redundant when you consider the Charts page showed much of the same information, but the Categories page was a great way to check out new apps in each category. Now, we'll have to either rely on the Features page -- which is a very truncated list of new apps -- or download a third-party solution like AppShopper.
But while the Categories page will be missed, gamers will be interested to know that games listed in the Charts page are now broken down into different categories. This has existed on the iPhone's App Store for years, and it finally comes to the iPad.
So what are your impressions of the App Store? Feel free to vote your two cents in the poll.