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Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by DramaLLama, Jul 24, 2013.
Is macupdate kind of going obsolete considering the app-store and everything?
To a certain extent. There's a lot of software that just isn't allowed on the App Store.
Until Apple flat out disallows outside software from running on OS X, and doesn't allow that to be overridden (which I doubt will happen, at least for several more OS versions), sites like MacUpdate will be around.
What's the reason for some apps not being allowed on the app store? Aside from a long approval process I guess..
Apple has guidelines that apps must follow - the biggest of which is the sandboxing requirement. For the majority of apps, this really isn't a problem - but there's some that just won't work with it.
Here's an article (albeit, a bit old) covering the topic pretty well. And a wikipedia article too about the restrictions.
Take VMWare or Parallels for instance - they both require system extensions to be installed to work. That is prohibited on the Mac app store.
Open source software also finds it difficult to get approved - due to license restrictions.
MacUpdate just needs to reinvent itself. It could be an awesome review site if it really wanted to. The entire Mac App Store feed with reviews from users who are not all like "cool app bro, 5 stars".