So much for those widely-spread rumors of a noon EST launch for the Mac App Store -- Apple pulled the trigger at 8:30am EST with a Mac OS X 10.6.6 update which includes the Mac App Store, complete with more than 1,000 apps ready to purchase.
When mention of the Mac App Store first came about, you might have had some feelings of uncertainty. How will this new venture translate over to our Macs? But worry no more. A familiar face in Mariner Software is ready to embrace the new Mac App Store tomorrow with open arms, by having six (count 'em six) apps ready to rock and roll at your disposal!
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.