You might remember that Apple acquired app search and discovery service Chomp back in February, most likely to help bolster its App Store experience as the platform grows at an unprecedented pace. The first improvements to App Store search results were reported in June, leading some to think that Apple was already using Chomp to improve the accuracy of search results and avoid showing users irrelevant or low-rated apps.
But if you still doubted that Apple was using Chomp within the App Store, look no further than a recent update that Apple has made to the App Store on devices running iOS 6 beta. On the iPhone, Apple has quietly made a user interface change to the App Store, now displaying app search results in single tiles that can be swiped between to show all relevant apps. By looking at the third-party Chomp app, you’ll know where the design came from.
The new tile-based search results can also be seen on the iPad, although the larger display allows for four tiles to be shown together. Last, Apple has made a number of other minor changes to the App Store in iOS 6, adding a distinct Purchased section, Genius support and the return of Podcast search. iOS 6 will be released to the public as a free software update for eligible iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices this Fall.