Apple App Store updates: New shopping category launched; 'Rayman's Fiesta Run' as free app of the week; holiday travel planning apps featured


Every week, Apple features different apps on the App Store for users who want to discover new things to install. This week, new games and shopping apps are the highlights of the App Store.

This week’s free app is “Rayman Fiesta Run” by game developer Ubisoft. Compatible with iPhones and iPads, the adventure game has already earned more than 3,700 ratings for both the phone and tablet versions. Those who want to install the game must have iOS 7.1 or later installed.

Meanwhile, some of the best new apps listed by the tech giant are the following:

  • Zola Wedding Registry
  • Unmute
  • Action Movie FX
  • Yelp Eat24
  • Yummly Recipes & Recipe Box
  • The Peanuts Movie Official Storybook App
  • Leonardo’s Cat
  • Thingthing Keyboard
  • Stash Invest
  • Honest Beauty

With the holiday season just around the corner, Apple has launched a new Shopping category to help shoppers organize their list and spot exclusive promotions. According to Tech Crunch, the Shopping category will also list stores that accept Apple Pay. The payment method was launched to address failed e-commerce conversions that result from checkout difficulties encountered by customers when retailers require too much information to be entered online.

As reported by App Advice, most of the applications now under Shopping were under Lifestyle before. The report further stated that Apple’s decision to make a new category is a good thing because the Lifestyle category “is so ill-defined” with content ranging from real estate, dating, and automotive apps.

Some of the shopping apps featured by the App Store are:

  • Ebates
  • Groupon
  • Amazon
  • Walmart App
  • Target/Cartwheel
  • Houzz Interior Design Ideas
  • Etsy
  • eBay
  • Gilt
  • Ibotta

Apple users who are looking for the best apps to help them plan for their holiday vacation can browse the “Plan Your Holiday Travel” category. Apps such as Airbnb, Skyscanner, Hopper, Rocketmiles, Wingz Airport Rides, Hitlist, and Viator Tours & Activities are featured in this category.