How about an app store for OSX next?

Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by MVApple, Sep 18, 2008.

  1. MVApple macrumors 6502a

    Jul 18, 2008
    I'm loving the app store for the iphone/ipod touch, but how about one for OSX, kinda like how steam works for games right now.

    I think an app store would encourage more people to write applications for OSX since it would give them an easy way to distribute their software. Or is this a bad idea? Maybe its easy enough to distribute software for macs already?
  2. fastbite macrumors 6502a


    Jul 23, 2007
  3. gibbz macrumors 68030

    May 31, 2007
    That would be petty cool. I would think developers would jump on this opportunity if presented.
  4. a456 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 5, 2005
  5. soberbrain macrumors 65816


    May 9, 2008
    An App Store was necessary for the iPhone to have since it's a new platform and it's been a great way to add new features (via apps), also it's a way for Apple to control their product.

    There's a few sites already (I use and there's also google for the developer's site) where people can search for apps, read reviews, etc.

    It doesn't seem as necessary on a Mac. I'd rather Apple improve on the current App Store.
  6. Macgic macrumors 6502

    Oct 23, 2007
    I am pretty sure since Apple is a major corporation that they have an iphone department and a Mac department.

    google works really well to find apps for your Mac. the reason they have the appstore is because its a convenient way to get apps onto a phone. i can't think of a decent other way to get apps onto an iphone. :p
  7. soberbrain macrumors 65816


    May 9, 2008
    As we both stated, the App Store was necessary for the iPhone to succeed in getting more functionality and users.

    Macs and application websites are already established. As a major corporation, why would Apple waste resources on building and maintaining their own Mac App Store when users area able to find them already?

    How about, instead of the Mac dept working on another source for Mac Applications, they can continue on improving OS X and Macs?
  8. MVApple thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jul 18, 2008
    I would imagine that the people working on improving OSX and Macs would be very different than the people putting together an OSX Mac store, so you wouldn't have to pick one.

    The purpose of an OSX app store would be to simplify things. No need to google to find apps and read reviews, it'll all be in one place. On top of this, you don't have to fill out credit card forms and trust several sites with your credit card information, it'll all be in itunes.

    I think this would be an excellent way to get more developers on board too since they have a convienent way to get paid for their work.
  9. ryanwarsaw macrumors 68000


    Apr 7, 2007
    The current app store was invented by Al Gore and is called the intrawebz.
  10. ilfn143 macrumors 6502

    Aug 27, 2008
    Enron by the Sea
    #10, you don't have to wait for apple approval
  11. admanimal macrumors 68040

    Apr 22, 2005
    As a developer, I wouldn't mind having an OSX app section in iTunes, but I'd rather have it just copy the functionality of the current OSX software web pages on and maybe have Apple handle payment transactions. In other words, I'd rather distribute the app from my own web page where I can instantly update it as often as I want without waiting for Apple, but the exposure from iTunes is great.
  12. Macgic macrumors 6502

    Oct 23, 2007
    Exactly Apple would want to control what developers put out on the market. and it would take FOREVER for updates

    would apple be the only way to distribute Mac applications?
    If so do you think apple would allow senuti? handbrake? or mactheripper?

    Nah they'd control it way to much. :mad:

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