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iOS App Store gets dedicated 'Food & Drink' category

If you're looking for an app to enhance your culinary skills, the App Store has got you covered. But with some 650,000 apps currently available in the App Store, finding the perfect one can be a challenge.

With the addition of a Food & Drink category to its App Store, Apple has made it a bit easier to find apps to help you grub well. The new section includes thousands of apps that relate to food and drinks, recipes, and cooking. It does not, however, include apps related to dieting, shopping, and coupons.

Food & Drink joins other App Store categories like Books, Entertainment, Productivity, and Games. The section currently ranks the Drinking Time Machine app (£0.69) as the top paid app in the UK store, followed by the BBC's Good Food Healthy Recipes (£1.99), and cocktail app InMyBar (£0.69) as number three. Rounding out the top five are Local Carb Recipes (£0.69) and Annabel's Essential Guide to Feeding Your Baby and Toddler (£3.99).

The category also prominently features apps related to grilling, cocktails, and craft beer. Like the other app categories, the Food & Drink section also shows the top free apps, and the most recently released. The Hungryhouse takeway app is currently listed as the top free app, followed by Domino's Pizza and Domino's Pizza USA.

Apple informed developers a week ahead of time that a new Food & Drink category would be making its way to the App Store, according to MacStories. The App Store previously did not have a category for these types of apps, which were typically listed under the Lifestyle category. Apple reportedly told developers in an email that the new category will include apps to "help users cook and bake, mix drinks, manage recipes, find new restaurants and bars, and learn what their friends like to eat and drink."