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Apple Mac App Store Opens On 6 January

David Gilbert


Apple Mac App Store Opens On 6 January

We first heard about the Mac App Store back in October at the same time as Steve Jobs revealed details of MacOS X Lion. At the time he promised the Mac App Store would launch within 90 days – and he wasn’t lying.

Today, 78 days after Jobs made this prediction, Apple has announced that the Mac App Store will go live in 90 countries around the world on 6 January. It will feature paid and free apps in categories like Education, Games, Graphics and Design, Lifestyle, Productivity and Utilities. These can be purchased through your iTunes account similar to the App Store in iOS.

Amazingly, Jobs had something quite positive to say about Apple's latest development. Surprising that. “The App Store revolutionized mobile apps. We hope to do the same for PC apps with the Mac App Store by making finding and buying PC apps easy and fun. We can’t wait to get started on January 6.” Like on iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, you can purchase, download and install apps in just one click and start using them immediately. Purchased apps can run on all of your personal Macs and updates are delivered directly through the Mac App Store. The Mac App Store is available to Mac OS X Snow Leopard users as a free download through Software Update.

Source: Apple

Brian Carter

December 16, 2010, 8:38 pm

Although I think this is continued money grabbing by Apple, I also think it's a positive step for the small developer. Assuming that anyone can submit apps, it opens up a much larger market for people to get their home grown (or even small business grown) programmes out.

Having said that, I hope people still have the rights to sell their own software independently since Apple's cut might be too much to bear.

For a consumer of Apple products I think it's a good thing and will make life easier...but I worry (very much so) that it may become the only way to get software onto an Apple machine.


December 16, 2010, 9:11 pm

I just wanted to point out that, in terms of Desktop OSes, Ubuntu has already been doing this for a year, in terms of an 'app store'.

And when broadened to the more basic concept of it being a walled download site wherein software is already checked safe & suitable to install, Linux in its various forms has been using repositories since year dot.

Tim Rice

December 17, 2010, 2:21 pm

No doubt we'll get the usual deluge of comments about how this is pointless, already done elsewhere, a needless rebranding of programmes and, above-all, another shameless attempt by apple to hookwink consumers.

But it could well turn out to be a success story. Desktop computers are crying out for a more customer-friendly professionalised "shop" for software downloads, and there is no reason to think that the principles applied in iTunes & the app store can't apply to desktop computers. Will be interesting to see what's on there, and what sells well.


December 17, 2010, 6:35 pm

well you have to admit being able to buy download and install software over the internet isn't as revolutionary as itunes, and apps on the iphone suceeded as the device itself had so much potential versus other hardware at the time. I guess the USP is ease of use its validated by them, updates itself etc all the kind of things that push me towards using Steam for gaming

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