Jobs says "nope" to rumor of App Store for OS X 10.7

Steve Jobs is trying to make news in as few words as possible these days. We thought it was pretty succinct of Jobs to answer "Sorry, no" to a customers query about iPhone 2G support, but this one officially takes the cake.

According to Macstories.net, Mac developer Fernando Valente sent an email to Jobs wondering about the rumors that Apple was going to release a Mac Store with OS X 10.7, a store with apps developed for Apple's flagship Operating System. Jobs' answer was simply:

"Nope." 

The rumors were based on a few announcements from Rixstep, a big Apple developer, about apps built for 10.7 having to be submitted to an App Store for approval before release. 9to5Mac.com tied this, and other knowledge about the quietly developed 10.7 update, into a theory that there would be an iPhone-like App Store for OS X in the future. 

Well, in the words of the eloquent Jobs, "nope." That settles it then. 

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Echoing what others have said, Jobs' denial has always meant they are testing it out right now in secret. Seriously, it only makes sense to do it, he would love all that control over that market.

An Appstore in terms of a single place to find and download OSX Apps is a great idea (and maybe even provide an easy way for developers to process payments etc).

This obviously doesn't mean the platform would have to be locked down, don't you already own some paid apps for OSX? I can think of a lot, Office, Photoshop etc etc, yet the platform is still open. An AppStore != locked down platform

Of course it would be locked down. This is Apple we're talking about. There's nothing wrong with the current system.

Steve Jobs = fail.

Hence why i will never own a Mac, or one of the stupid iphones. No need, waste of money, especially for such a worthless executive.

And another reason why Microsoft will still own the market. Microsoft at least answers their questions with at least some kind of tact, so NOPE, i will not buy apple.

Un4given said,
Steve Jobs = fail.

Hence why i will never own a Mac, or one of the stupid iphones. No need, waste of money, especially for such a worthless executive.

And another reason why Microsoft will still own the market. Microsoft at least answers their questions with at least some kind of tact, so NOPE, i will not buy apple.

Have you ever had an answer from bill gates? Least jobs takes the time to answer his own personal email personally.

joemailey said,

Have you ever had an answer from bill gates? Least jobs takes the time to answer his own personal email personally.

Bill Gates hasn't been CEO of Microsoft for 10 years now.

Seriously, you're a moron.

Un4given said,
And another reason why Microsoft will still own the market. Microsoft at least answers their questions with at least some kind of tact, so NOPE, i will not buy apple.

When was the last time Steve Ballmer answered an email?

Thecuntlicker said,

Bill Gates hasn't been CEO of Microsoft for 10 years now.

Seriously, you're a moron.

Regardless,
Gates is still the CHAIRMAN of Microsoft - as Jobs is Apple.
And either way, have you ever had a personal reply from Steve Balmer?

Seriously, you're a moron...

Edited by Jordan Wharmsby, Apr 26 2010, 8:33pm :

on the one hand, complete sentences would be a step up. i've seen longer texts from 12 year olds.
on the other, walls of text are bad.
also it's surprising they aren't moving to make the apple biosphere even more closed in and restricted.
PS is every email steve jobs responds to really news?

treemonster said,
also it's surprising they aren't moving to make the apple biosphere even more closed in and restricted.

Give with one hand, take with the other?

What's he going to say? 'Yep?' Even if there is going to be an App store in 10.7, Jobs' not going to spill the beens before the official product announcement. Apple just doesn't work that way

Sraf said,
What's he going to say? 'Yep?' Even if there is going to be an App store in 10.7, Jobs' not going to spill the beens before the official product announcement. Apple just doesn't work that way

He could have just ignored the email if that were the case.

Binary said,

He could have just ignored the email if that were the case.


Then the news here would have been "Jobs Ignored My E-Mail". Lose lose no matter how he answers. This is silly.

tylershaw said,

Then the news here would have been "Jobs Ignored My E-Mail". Lose lose no matter how he answers. This is silly.

If he'd have answered a bit more politely, instead of sending a firm "Nope.", then there would be no story about this.

Steve Jobs answers "nope" to an e-mail and ges headline news? Wow, what's next

BREAKING NEWS: STEVE JOBS SITS IN A CHAIR... COULD AN iSIT BE IN THE WORKS???

C_Guy said,
Steve Jobs answers "nope" to an e-mail and ges headline news? Wow, what's next

BREAKING NEWS: STEVE JOBS SITS IN A CHAIR... COULD AN iSIT BE IN THE WORKS???

nope.

C_Guy said,
Steve Jobs answers "nope" to an e-mail and ges headline news? Wow, what's next

BREAKING NEWS: STEVE JOBS SITS IN A CHAIR... COULD AN iSIT BE IN THE WORKS???

LOL! When I got my Genius Bar repair receipt and it had iRepair on the top, I laughed! Stick an 'i' in front of it.

You can pay for that at the iTill and the iCashier will be glad to help! lol

bbfc_uk said,

LOL! When I got my Genius Bar repair receipt and it had iRepair on the top, I laughed! Stick an 'i' in front of it.

You can pay for that at the iTill and the iCashier will be glad to help! lol

I doubt they would use a word like cashier anywhere near an Apple store. After all, they call a help desk a genius bar and tech support guys geniuses. It's not even really called an Apple Store so much as just having a giant Apple logo above it (the Store formerly known as Apple?), but icon-oriented business is trendy these days, so that can be overlooked.


At the very least, you have to follow the Apple way of thinking. Take the essential tool of the position, and then determine what you call excelling at that tool. Tech support's essential tool is critical thinking and deduction. A person who excels at thought could be called a genius. New title? Genius! A cashier's essential tool is taking money. A person who excels at taking money? Hmm...

The full story needs to be put in. The customer asked if all software applications would need to be approved with the addition of an App Store (you can't install Dropbox if it ain't in the Mac App Store, for example).

His short answer may just refer to part of the question. Maybe every application won't have to go through the App Store but there might be an App Store anyway.

Don't dismiss the whole idea because of "Nope".

Julius Caro said,
so people will have to 'jailbreak' their own OSs now?

what?

Did I miss an announcement that OS X 10.7 would be locked-down somehow?

jandler said,
It probably means they are going to do it.

So what would he have said if they weren't going to?

njlouch said,
I find his short answers somewhat rude.

You think the guy only receives one email a day? Not to mention everything he emails ends up on the internet.

Edited by .Neo, Apr 26 2010, 2:59pm :

.Neo said,

You think the guy only receives one email a day? Not to mention everything he emails ends up on the internet.

No not at all, but he chooses to field such emails himself - so he made the choice to deal with this. A little common courtessy in the formatting of his responses would be nice.

njlouch said,

No not at all, but he chooses to field such emails himself - so he made the choice to deal with this. A little common courtessy in the formatting of his responses would be nice.

It's what I call a "designer" answer. Often minimalist, properly structured, impersonal and, seemingly, consciously pretentious. Forums are full of this. Some examples are:
"No."
"Wrong."
"This."
"+1." or "plus one."
"Fail." / "Epic Fail."
Not necessarily rude, but it annoys me none the less.. Sometimes so much so, I just want to blow their head off with a shotgun!!

Edited by Lamp0, Apr 26 2010, 2:19pm :

njlouch said,
I find his short answers somewhat rude.

I hate the bull**** that usually accompanies most e-mails. Get to the point and be done with it.

LaXu said,

I hate the bull**** that usually accompanies most e-mails. Get to the point and be done with it.

I hate the arrogance of "I don't have time to answer you using the social convertions that I would do if you were stood in front of me. But you're not, so I can be as curt as I feel, because you can't do anything about it." Treat people with respect in comunication.

LaXu said,

I hate the bull**** that usually accompanies most e-mails. Get to the point and be done with it.

This. I'd take a short and simple email from my boss over a great-wall-text any day.

@njlouch - you sure it is his short answer or the fact that you don't like him? Would he be able to say anything and you *not* post a negative comment about it on news. Apple trolls are apple trolls no matter what Apple does or Steve Jobs says.

Edited by Shadrack, Apr 26 2010, 3:04pm :

LaXu said,

I hate the bull**** that usually accompanies most e-mails. Get to the point and be done with it.

I'd be happy with that, I get emails from people explaining stuff and all I really need is the last line of 3 paragraph email!

njlouch said,

No not at all, but he chooses to field such emails himself - so he made the choice to deal with this. A little common courtessy in the formatting of his responses would be nice.


I completely agree. It doesn't take much more effort to politely respond with:
"Hello.

Those rumours are false; there are currently no plans for such a thing.

Regards,
Steve."

Personally, it'd be much more useful (in my opinion) if he just managed a list (or had someone do so for him) of frequently asked questions that he would respond to every week or two in blog format, or something along those lines.

It would create lots of extra traffic to his mecca website, and give the Engadgets and Neowins of the world a guaranteed Apple-related story on a regular basis.

Sonic. said,
I hope someone turns him into a chocolate action figure for Valentine's day

BAHAHAHAHAHA!

Thanks for making my day Sonic.