The new kids category in the App store is just one of the many new features brought in with the iOS7 update last night. Some of the bigger changes include a new interface and an iTunes Radio (finally, though only in the US!).
The kids section of the app store is said to provide a “safe haven” for parents that want to find appropriate apps for their kids, and is broken down into age groups: under 5, 6-8, and 9-11.
Developers were informed of the new category in August. The clarification complements the revised review guidelines for apps aimed at children under 13, introduced shortly before, that increase child data protection and prohibit behavioural tracking for under 13s.
The new category clearly changes things for developers of kids apps. While previously developers were forced to choose between education, books and games etc. (games being the only category with a sub category for kids – this has now been removed) they may now class their apps under the kids category (under one of three age ranges) as well as under one of the original categories.
The change will give an idea of the size of the kids app industry – as the numbers of children’s apps, and children’s app developers, were until now unclear.
Five of The Literary Platforms favourite kids apps:
Toca Hair Salon, Toca Boca
Me Books, Made In Me
Petting Zoo, Fox & Sheep
Cindarella, Nosy Crow