Whenever I look at the list of featured apps every day now, I keep seeing them featuring the same apps that I've seen for the past year, over and over again. Especially in categories like photo and video, business, health and food. Serious, all those apps look the same and its stupid. If I have one app for recipes why do I want another one that looks exactly the same? If I ahve one emoji keyboard why do I need another one? Some of these app has been featured constantly for months. Can't Apple feature something new and different for once? I don't want these app months ago and I want even less now because I see them over and over again on the frontpage.
You can't tell me there has been nothing new since. this is lazy or maybe they should encourage their small indie devs to make new and interesting things a little more than ignoring them. I'm especially sympathetic to indies because they have to try 100x harder than triple As and in the end, some of them might have a good app but no one knows about it because Apple's too busy featuring Cartoon Network's latest crap app that crashes all the time. Then the indie feels like their time is being wasted making apps, they go off to develop somewhere else and mobile apps continue to get worse.
Apple should have a permanent an indie developers section on the frontpage. Each week or something, pick different apps that feature the best that indies have put out. I'm always wasting hours trying to find a game or some other app that doesn't suck and its impossible. The search and the store need a huge overhaul and when I heard their bright idea to fix everything was to introduce search ads, I was like WTF?.
I know I'm preaching to the choir here or maybe this is a sign that people are just more than happy to ignore legitimately good small time apps while throwing their money at some bad apps that Apple just loves featuring 10x over, but I hope there will be some meaningful change sometime. If I have to see another stupid celebrity emoji keyboard I'm going to scream though.