Apple’s new online Mac App Store worries me. Scheduled to open as 2010 becomes 2011, the Mac App Store will supply the same one-stop shopping, convenience, and software reliability that the current iOS App Store provides to users of the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. It’ll also give developers a simple, no-overhead way to market and distribute their apps and pocket 70 percent of the take, with Apple keeping the remainder.
That’s the good news—but as is customarily the case, when Steve Jobs giveth, Steve Jobs also taketh away. The Mac App Store will shackle developers with the same high level of restrictions that the current iOS store does and will flip the concept of a free software market on its head.
Apple has smashed the recent rumors of a pre-Christmas grand opening for the Mac App Store, announcing Thursday morning that the doors will instead swing wide open for business in just three short weeks, on Thursday, January 6.
Remember those recent reports claiming that the Mac App Store would open prior to the Christmas holiday, say around December 13? A new report says yeah, not so much -- look for the doors to swing wide open as originally planned in January.
While it may not be quite as exciting as when the App Store first launched on the iPhone, Apple is bringing the Mac App Store to their computers -- and a new report claims it could arrive as early as December 13.
Apple released a new version of Mac OS X 10.6.6 to developers on Thursday night which could be a potential gold master, while notifying Mac App Store developers that they’ll have to host their own demos, trials and betas.
There are plenty of RSS readers for iOS, but one of the most beloved is Reeder, available in versions optimized for the iPhone/iPod touch as well as the iPad. Now the developer is taking on the Mac with a slick new beta.
It has been a few weeks since we last heard anything about the Mac App Store, but last night Apple emailed developers enrolled in the Mac development program to let them know that the store would be "Coming Soon."
Most everyone expected the latest version of the iWork ’11 productivity applications to debut at last month’s Back to the Mac event, but a new report claims that while an updated suite is indeed ready to go, it may be held back to debut alongside the forthcoming Mac App Store early next year.
Maybe it's the unintentional assonance. Or the curious definition of "Back to the Mac" that Steve casually slid into last week's keynote. Or maybe it's because at the first Mac-centric event of the year, no one could stop talking about iOS. Whatever the reason, there’s something about hearing “"Mac App Store" that conjures equal feelings of glee and dread around here.
It's not that we don't welcome a healthy serving of innovation in Apple's ever-shrinking computer segment, but we're always a little skeptical when someone--even Steve--tries to fix something that isn’t broken. Of course, the dedicated App Store might very well be the greatest thing to happen to the Mac since the two-button mouse, and we can certainly see how that could be. But if it’s not, don’t say we didn't warn you.