Apple’s now lists only 10 categories in the Mac App Store’s Categories tab. Apple has removed the Finance, Lifestyle, Sports, Weather, Medical, Travel, Education, Reference, Entertainment, Health & Fitness, and News categories.
The remaining categories are:
- Developer Tools
- Graphics & Design
- Social Networking
When a developer submits an application to the Mac App Store, they assign a primary and a secondary category to aid in app discovery. The primary category is where an app appears when users browse the app store or use when they filter search results.
Apple hasn’t announced why they have decided to prune the Categories list. The categories that were removed are still being used to classify apps in the Mac App Store. A similar move has not been made in the iOS App Store.
We’ll keep you posted if Apple decides to share the reasoning behind the move.