Ahead of the holiday shopping season, Apple is adding a new category for shopping apps in its App Store that will allow people to find e-commerce apps more easily.
Apple iPhone and iPad users will now see a dedicated Shopping app in the list of categories of apps in the App Store. Previously, shopping apps were a segment of the lifestyle section of the store. With the shopping category, Apple AAPL 2.71% will now have 25 different categories of apps.
The channel will officially debut Nov. 5, in time for the holiday shopping season and China’s version of Black Friday—Singles Day, which takes place on Nov. 11.
Apple said that breaking out the channel made sense as the sector is popular among its users, especially as mobile shopping becomes more ubiquitous. The majority of global e-commerce traffic is increasingly coming from smartphones and tablets instead of from personal computers.
According to Yahoo-owned app analytics service Flurry, the use of mobile shopping apps grew at over 174% in 2014, which was faster than any other app category that year.
The apps that will be included in the new category for shopping apps will include e-commerce apps like Amazon AMZN 0.59% and Walmart, auction and marketplace apps like eBay, coupon apps like Groupon, price comparison apps, and product review apps.
The new shopping category will also include apps that include the ability to pay for items using Apple’s mobile payments technology, Apple Pay. Launched in 2014, Apple Pay lets users upload credit and debit card information to a “mobile wallet.” They can then use their iPhone or Apple Watch to pay for goods at retail stores in the U.S. and U.K.
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