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Mac App Store to Open January 6th

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Apple today announced that the Mac App Store will open on Thursday, January 6th, launching in 90 countries and offering free and paid applications.
"The App Store revolutionized mobile apps," said Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO. "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."
As with the iOS App Store, developers of paid applications will receive 70% of revenue, while Apple keeps 30%.

Apple announced the Mac App Store at its "Back to the Mac" event in October, saying the store would launch for Mac OS X Snow Leopard users within 90 days. The January 6th opening date meets that schedule with two weeks to spare.


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CylonGlitch

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Apple has it right again, this is the type of service that people want. It makes their lives easier. I know that we can search the internet; but often that is a pain in the butt. This is the right way to do things; sure there will still be apps you can download and buy from the developer, but this really is a step in the right direction.
 
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edutek

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"The App Store revolutionized mobile apps," said Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO. "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."

Umm... why PC apps? Why not Mac apps?
 
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macjock

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I pray for an app that will allow me to keep the mail function of mobile me and bin the rest.

I think they may go unanswered.
 
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goobot

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joskewarez said:
the first step in closing Mac OSX

Last time I checked adding an option opens it.
 
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arbogast777

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Do we know how is the Mac app store is supposed to work - will the apps show up on your desktop like they would the home screen of an iPad? I was under the impression that wouldn't come until we had Lion next summer...
 
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vastoholic

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"The App Store revolutionized mobile apps," said Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO. "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."

Umm... why PC apps? Why not Mac apps?

He simply means personal computer instead of mobile devices.
 
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Mattie Num Nums

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"The App Store revolutionized mobile apps," said Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO. "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."

Umm... why PC apps? Why not Mac apps?

The Mac is a PC. PC just means Personal Computer.
 
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ten-oak-druid

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I wonder if Netflix will have an app for the mac. Currently to stream on the computer you access that through a web browser.

Perhaps the launch of the app store will bring this about.
 
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samcraig

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I can understand how, for a developer - this is great and exciting news. But as a consumer - I don't see it as exciting at all. The software I want and need or discover is easily found online for paid download or can be bought and shipped.

The fact that Apple is launching a store front might make it more one stop "shopping" - but I hardly find it incredible as a consumer.
 
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Stella

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This will be good for n00bs, and the average user. The applications found on the MapAppStore will be a limited set, due to the restrictions that Apple will apply.

If you want other apps, you'll still have to go to MacUpdate or the developer website.
 
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HLdan

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Do we know how is the Mac app store is supposed to work - will the apps show up on your desktop like they would the home screen of an iPad? I was under the impression that wouldn't come until we had Lion next summer...

Yes, many of us do know, take a look at the media event on Apple's website, it will show you. ;)
 
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daneoni

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I must be the only one who isn't the least bit excited about this. I don't see myself touching it till it comes bundled with Lion and/or a new computer.
 
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Stella

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Encouraging app discovery and sales is the first step in "closing" an OS?

Trolls sure are backwards creatures.


In a way , he is partially right. If the MacAppStore becomes so successful, it replaces existing websites such as MacUpdate et al, then Apple will have achieved a Pseudo closed OSX. Unless your not a small company, i.e., microsoft, the only place users will look for apps will be the appStore... if you app isn't on there, it won't sell.

The majority of apps found on Mac will have been approved by Apple and thus following their rules. Apple will have the control they've always wanted.

Of course, OSX will still be open as it is now, but if the vast majority of apps available have been vetted by Apple there isn't that much of a difference.
 
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dougal55

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Which of the 90 countries are covered?

I wonder which 90 countries are covered as stated in the press release?

I can safely assume that UK where I live is included but what about my partner's country, Croatia? Will it be available there? How do I find out?

needless to say, Im pretty excited and I don't get excited often enough these days but looking forward to getting iPhoto app for my macbook!
 
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DraziGuy

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I'm looking forward to it. It's conceivable that it could be the first step to closing the platform, but oh well. If the platform closes and I'm unhappy with that, I'll move on to something else. That's the joy of being a consumer. I can vote with my feet and my dollars.
 
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