The App Store breaks, hides major apps in search

A widespread bug in Apple’s App Store is keeping well-known apps from showing up in search results. Searching for “Instagram” returns a third-party photo collage app and a search for “Spotify” returns the SoundCloud app, for example.

Reports of the issue started surfacing on Twitter and Reddit Thursday, and Apple currently acknowledges a problem with the App Store for “all users” on its website. The company’s system status page says a problem with the App Store began around 5AM ET on Thursday morning.

Last week it was reported that Apple was “quietly experimenting with its App Store search algorithm.” 

We’ve reached out to Apple for additional information.

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