The Mac App Store is almost here, and that can mean only one thing: The end of the Mac OS X Downloads page on Apple’s website. Rest in peace, little Downloads page, and enjoy your trip to that big website in the sky.
While everyone in the tech universe has fixed their gaze upon the goings on at CES this week, it's important to remember that other marvelous works are afoot as well. So, dear readers, let this serve as an official head's up: The Mac App Store is due to open for business sometime tomorrow.
The annual Consumer Electronics Show will invade Las Vegas this week, running from Thursday, January 6 through Sunday, January 9. Although Apple historically doesn’t attend this four-day showcase of digital delight, that doesn’t mean that the rumor mills aren’t churning round the clock leading up to the big event just the same.
Perhaps in an effort to begin to focus efforts on the forthcoming Mac App Store, Apple began emailing developers this evening, saying that they would be shutting down the Mac OS X Downloads page in favor of listings in the Mac App Store. A little consolidation never hurt, right?
Acceleroto’s Air Hockey for iOS has been around since the doors first opened on the App Store, so it’s no surprise that the company is preparing to duplicate the success of their popular app by making it available in the Mac App Store as well. Here’s a peek.
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.