Apple readying Mac App Store for January, reports suggest

We already know Mac users will soon be able to enjoy an Apple-approved app purchasing experience, thanks to the imminent arrival of the Mac App Store. The store won’t open as imminently as expected, however. Based on the latest rumors, conveyed by both Appletell and The Loop, Apple will open the Mac App Store some time next month.

Apple announced the service in October and actually quoted a time frame for its opening: within 60 days of the announcement. According to the folks at Appletell, Apple was shooting for December 13, but "numerous issues" forced it to postpone. There’s no word on what those issues are, although building a new software distribution service from the ground up presumably involves some difficulty—even if we’re talking about a company with plenty of experience in online distribution.

The more I think about it, the more I’m excited to see what the App Store will brings us. Being able to seek out and buy software from a single location sounds like a great feature for any OS, of course, but I’m equally interested to see what kinds of app approval requirements Apple sets up. A world in which big Mac software developers are forced to play by the same rules, follow user-interface guidelines, and provide an easy way to uninstall their software if it’s not a self-contained .app, might be a better one… as long as power users can still wander off the beaten path and grab software off the web, too.

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    • PenGun
    • 9 years ago

    Just check yourself in. Hand over your money, and assume the position.

    No I did not try the sexbot … really.

      • geekl33tgamer
      • 9 years ago

      +1 Funniest thing I read today.

    • geekl33tgamer
    • 9 years ago

    I’m all for it – On one condition:

    They dont lock the OS down like all the ixxx devices. Signed apps and all that stuff about your warranty being cancelled for “jailbreaking” your device.

    Imagine that on your desktop…

      • Voldenuit
      • 9 years ago

      We’re almost there already. Apple forced PhotoFast to stop selling SSD drives to Macbook owners just a month ago. Last I checked, SATA was a STANDARD.

      Anyone who thinks Apple won’t do the same for its software ecosystem given the chance is optimistic at best.

        • cygnus1
        • 9 years ago

        SATA is a standard. And so is the mini-PCIe interface apple uses. I still don’t understand how apple managed to get them to stop selling their drive.

          • Corrado
          • 9 years ago

          Because PHOTOFAST makes official Apple accessories, and i you want to stay official, you do what Apple asks you to do. Its possible that the connector is proprietary and patented? Its possible that they want to do testing on it? Since theoretically, opening your MBA voids the warranty, they don’t need a product of unknown quality costing them support dollars. Especially since that drive couldn’t be used in anything BUT a macbook air, Apple simply said, ‘hey can you guys not sell those please. we really don’t want to support it or have to deal with the warranty headaches’ and Photofast said ‘yeah sure’.

    • Corrado
    • 9 years ago

    I’m looking forward to this. I’m just not sure why they made it separate from iTunes in the first place. You sell books, mobile apps, audiobooks, music, movies and tv in 1 store, and make a separate one for desktop apps? Just like the separate FaceTime app. Why not just built it into iChat, which already does video chat?

      • cygnus1
      • 9 years ago

      disagree. i think they should migrate all the store functionality into a separate app. get the store out of itunes. itunes should only be managing music and ios devices. no need for it to be the purchasing platform too. it’s too bloated as it is

        • Corrado
        • 9 years ago

        Well thats not exactly what I mean. What I’m saying is, Why would you leave everything else in there and make a separate store JUST for desktop applications and software? Unless you’re launching that and then will migrate everything else to it as well in the future. The iTunes Store brand has a lot of leverage in the marketplace. I can see calling one ‘iTunes Store’ and the other ‘iTunes Player’ or some such.

      • blastdoor
      • 9 years ago

      I think the only reason iTunes continues to have so much stuff crammed into it is because of Windows. iTunes is basically Apple’s portal into the Windows world. If iTunes for Windows didn’t exist, then I bet that iTunes would have been broken into smaller pieces along time ago.

      Since Mac Apps on Windows doesn’t really make any sense, there’s no need to integrate the Mac App Store into iTunes.

    • Ricardo Dawkins
    • 9 years ago

    *YAWN*

    Are these tech sites trying to dumb down computong or something?

    • blastdoor
    • 9 years ago

    This should be very good news for most mac users and developers. I’m looking forward to it. Hopefully it will draw in iOS developers who have never done Mac development before, which would be great for the platform.

      • derFunkenstein
      • 9 years ago

      I agree, more skewed towards benefitting small devs first, much like the iOS store, but eventually it’ll be good news for everyone.

    • cygnus1
    • 9 years ago

    I’d honestly like for them to come up with a new desktop app, call it whatever, iStore or something, and rip the itunes store out of itunes. use it for all digital purchases from apple.

    something to cut down on the bloat that is itunes

      • adisor19
      • 9 years ago

      Seconded !

      Actually, I’d like for iTunes to be completely redone with the Cocoa libraries instead of the cross platform Carbon ones.. but that’s very unlikely :s

      Adi

    • sweatshopking
    • 9 years ago

    2 in a row!!! WOOT WOOT

      • Jigar
      • 9 years ago

      Stop trolling, i have a macro seating here, which can beat you hands down.

        • sweatshopking
        • 9 years ago

        macro what?

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