Mac App Store opens its virtual doors on January 6, 2011

The much touted Mac App Store that was unveiled with Lion and mimics the iOS app store on the desktop, now has a concrete date of opening.

Apple has announced that on January 6, 2011, users will be able to download the Mac App Store application and access the new store that, similarly to it's iOS brethren, will allow browsing, searching, purchasing and updates all through a single unified environment.

“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.”

Developers that contribute to the Mac App Store will keep 70 percent of their revenue, while 30 percent will go to Apple. This also benefits developers as they are not responsible for hosting, marketing or transaction fees. Developer information is available here.

According to the press release, only users of Snow Leopard will be able to download the App Store starting on the 6th, and this also bodes well for a H1 2011 Lion release.

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You wouldn't need to, for now at least.

But consider I've seen some people jailbreak their phones for no reason, I wouldn't be surprised to see a fake "jailbreak" for snow leopard floating around.

Benjy91 said,
He's using the term 'PC' a lot, is this a misquote?

PC = personal computer, so no, it isn't a misquote. A Mac is a PC. An iPhone is not.

threetonesun said,

PC = personal computer, so no, it isn't a misquote. A Mac is a PC. An iPhone is not.

I think the question here is why is Apple calling Macs PCs when their marketing strategy has been to not associate PC with Mac.

threetonesun said,

PC = personal computer, so no, it isn't a misquote. A Mac is a PC. An iPhone is not.


MAC= network card ;p
PC = Windowz

Benjy91 said,
He's using the term 'PC' a lot, is this a misquote?

It does seem inconsistent with Apple marketing. Anyone with a brain knows that a Mac is a PC (in the generic sense) running Mac OS. It is a computer that is personal.

Interesting! This should benefit both Apple (for the share of sales), developers (for getting closer to their users with a unified purchase/feedback/review system), and finally users of course, since they can read up on the reviews without having to browse the web for input on whether it's a good piece of software, and having convenient categories and search features to quickly get to their applications.

I'm also happy beta and trial software will be disallowed there. If I want crippled or unstable software, I can spend some extra time visiting the developer site, which I'm sure is linked to from the App Store. I don't want to worry about these things when browsing the app store.

I've heard some buzz that Windows 8 may receive a similar "app store", which I hope is true. It's great that OS X will get this now, and I love how it's so easy to get Linux applications from central repositories too. Browsing the web to get to your apps instead of having it all in a neatly categorized, standardized, system with user reviews will soon feel like an antiquated way of doing things.

That's one thing I can skip. Not interested at all in turning OS X into iOS. iDevices are one thing but I would not buy a computer with iOS on it.

According to the press release, only users of Snow Leopard will be able to download the App Store starting on the 6th, and this also bodes well for a H1 2011 Lion release.

Can someone explain to me why the release of a single, high-priority application in anyway indicates the progress of an entire operating system?

iKenndac said,

Can someone explain to me why the release of a single, high-priority application in anyway indicates the progress of an entire operating system?

Because. We have an article queue. I wrote an article that is yet to be published that is one form of evidence, it'll be out in probably less than 10 minutes. THIS story that we are commenting on was pushed out FIRST due to it's breaking nature. Hence why the connection is a little off. Sorry about the confusion.


Users of Snow Leopard will be able to download the App Store starting on the 6th, and this also bodes well for a H1 2011 Lion release.

So what, no other OSX versions can use the App Store?

techbeck said,

So what, no other OSX versions can use the App Store?

Considering it was 30$ to update what are you complaining about?

Yeh I don't get the point... The app store doesn't bring any new features, it just stands there and looks pretty... Anything in the app store could be obtained another way. It's just Apple building up hype... The least they could do is have it available for Leopard too since it doesn't do much already...

necrosis said,
Considering it was 30$ to update what are you complaining about?

Riiiight, since it was $30 to upgrade, everyone went out and did so.

And it wasnt a complaint...I made a comment.

techbeck said,
And it wasnt a complaint...I made a comment.

Do you see Mac OS X Cheetah, Puma, Jaguar, Panther, Tiger and Leopard mentioned anywhere?

If you're asking a genuine question I don't understand it considering Snow Leopard and Lion are the only versions mentioned anywhere.

techbeck said,
Riiiight, since it was $30 to upgrade, everyone went out and did so.

February this year Snow Leopard's market share was almost at 30% with Leopard dwindling fast. Snow Leopard is now probably the dominant version.

Edited by .Neo, Dec 16 2010, 2:31pm :

.Neo said,

Do you see Mac OS X Cheetah, Puma, Jaguar, Panther, Tiger and Leopard mentioned anywhere?
If you're asking a genuine question I don't understand it considering Snow Leopard and Lion are the only versions mentioned anywhere.

Then I dont understand all the questions about Google/Android when the same question is asked.

And it was a question not a complaint...but people like to see what they want. Was curious on why Apple was ditching the other OSX versions.

techbeck said,
Then I dont understand all the questions about Google/Android when the same question is asked.

Bottom line: Your answer is right there in the article and on Apple's website.

.Neo said,

Bottom line: Your answer is right there in the article and on Apple's website.

No, it only says it wont work on anything other than SL which doesnt answer my question. But anyway, I will find the answer for myself since all you want to do is make things difficult....

techbeck said,
No, it only says it wont work on anything other than SL which doesnt answer my question.

How exactly doesn't that answer your question? If it won't work on anything other than Snow Leopard it means it doesn't run on other versions. The only one making things difficult is you, as you know the answer perfectly fine: The Mac App Store is for Mac OS X Snow Leopard and above only.

To spell it out for you in case you still don't understand: The Mac App Store WON'T work on System 1 through 7, Mac OS 9 and 8, Mac OS X Cheetah, Puma, Jaugar, Panther, Tiger and Leopard.

The Mac App Store WILL work on Mac OS X Snow Leopard (v10.6.6 update required) and Lion.

Edited by .Neo, Dec 16 2010, 3:27pm :

techbeck said,

No, it only says it wont work on anything other than SL which doesnt answer my question. But anyway, I will find the answer for myself since all you want to do is make things difficult....

I'm sure it only works on SL and newer because they don't want to support two platforms. SL was the first OSX that ONLY ran on x86 hardware

Sraf said,

I'm sure it only works on SL and newer because they don't want to support two platforms. SL was the first OSX that ONLY ran on x86 hardware


Yeah, that's probably the only real reason.

.Neo said,

How exactly doesn't that answer your question? If it won't work on anything other than Snow Leopard it means it doesn't run on other versions. The only one making things difficult is you, as you know the answer perfectly fine: The Mac App Store is for Mac OS X Snow Leopard and above only.

To spell it out for you in case you still don't understand: The Mac App Store WON'T work on System 1 through 7, Mac OS 9 and 8, Mac OS X Cheetah, Puma, Jaugar, Panther, Tiger and Leopard.

The Mac App Store WILL work on Mac OS X Snow Leopard (v10.6.6 update required) and Lion.

Lol. I was having a hard time comprehending the words in the article as well. Thanks for the clarification. I'll find a dictionary next time on what the word "only" means.

techbeck said,

So what, no other OSX versions can use the App Store?

techbeck said,

No, it only says it wont work on anything other than SL which doesnt answer my question.

Erm, I'd like to side with .Neo and ask how your own interpretation does not answer your own question.

.Neo said,

How exactly doesn't that answer your question? If it won't work on anything other than Snow Leopard it means it doesn't run on other versions. The only one making things difficult is you, as you know the answer perfectly fine: The Mac App Store is for Mac OS X Snow Leopard and above only.

To spell it out for you in case you still don't understand: The Mac App Store WON'T work on System 1 through 7, Mac OS 9 and 8, Mac OS X Cheetah, Puma, Jaugar, Panther, Tiger and Leopard.

The Mac App Store WILL work on Mac OS X Snow Leopard (v10.6.6 update required) and Lion.

You already know that techbeck is a troll. Should have been very easy to comprehend.

Shadrack said,
Lol. I was having a hard time comprehending the words in the article as well. Thanks for the clarification. I'll find a dictionary next time on what the word "only" means.

Haha