On Friday, Apple has officially launched the fourth-generation Apple TV that became the first to include an App Store. Now that we are talking about what are those top paid and free apps for Apple TV offered by the store, features a list of featured apps, and currently there’s no other alternative choice for discoverability.
Users of Apple TV 4 can not browser through categories or Top Charts to find other TV Apps that haven’t been explicitly featured.
However, the Apple TV 2015 version launched without apps list in the tvOS App Store, but nevertheless, we here found the data available. Until the official data is exposed on the set-top box, we are giving you take a look at what it actually got hands-on.
Currently, the Apple TV App Store only shows what’s featured. If your game isn’t featured, it effectively doesn’t exist. There’s no way to browse genres, top lists don’t exist (this arguably might be a good thing), and finding something that isn’t featured requires typing its name in the search field. Siri search doesn’t work on apps (yet?) so the amount of friction to download a game like Highway Rider which didn’t make the feature cut is not only incredible but also has resulted in three sales. (Well, make that four, as I bought it.)
SlideToPlay’s Jeff Scott discovered after some digging that Apple has already publishing Apple TV top lists, even if they weren’t exposed anywhere. Scott who has compiled a realtime list of the top overall Apple TV apps as well as individual category lists for both freeware and purchase apps.
Top 10 Paid
1 – Beat Sports (Apple TV Only)
2 – SimpleX – for Plex (Apple TV Only)
3 – Galaxy on Fire™ – Manticore RISING (Apple TV Only)
4 – Lumino City (+ Universal)
5 – Alto’s Adventure (+ Universal)
6 – Does not Commute TV (Apple TV Only)
7 – Battle Supremacy: Evolution (+ Universal)
8 – Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions Evolved (+ Universal)
9 – Shoot The Zombirds (+ Universal)
10 – Oceanhorn ™ (+ Universal)
Here comes – Best Of 10 Free
1 – Rayman Adventures (Apple TV Only)
2 – Crossy Road – Endless Arcade Hopper (+ Universal)
3 – HBO NOW (+ Universal)
4 – The Nat Geo TV (+ Universal)
5 – FOX NOW (+ Universal)
6 – SHOWTIME (+ Universal)
7 – HISTORY (+ Universal)
8 – CNNgo (Apple TV Only)
9 – CBS (+ Universal)
10 – Asphalt 8: Airborne (+ Universal)
Games for Apple TV make up the majority of the top spots in the Top Paid listings, whereas the media apps dominate the Top Free segment. Reportedly said that there are presently 996 Apple TV apps in the Store. The full list on SlideToPlay covers the top 200, as well as the breakdown within different categories.