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Mac App Store launching with over 1,000 applications

Today is the official start of CES here in Las Vegas, but Apple is grabbing some headlines of its own with the official launch of the Mac App Store. Much like the iOS App Store for the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, the Mac App Store allows users a single, unified place to go for OS X applications.

As usual, Apple CEO Steve Jobs was on hand to boast about his company's latest efforts in software distribution. “We think users are going to love this innovative new way to discover and buy their favorite apps,” said Jobs in a press release.

Like the iOS App Store, OS X applications will be placed in categories (Games, Graphics and Design, Education, Productivity, etc.). Developers must also adhere to Apple's "one step" process for installing apps on a user's machine, and follow its strict app submission guidelines.

“We’re delighted to bring our professional-grade paint and drawing app, Autodesk SketchBook Pro, to the Mac App Store on its first day of launch,” said Carl Bass, Autodesk’s CEO. “We’ve seen tremendous success on the Mac, iPhone and iPad with multiple apps. We’re excited to offer SketchBook Pro on the Mac App Store so artists can easily create everything from quick sketches to high-quality artwork right on their Macs.”

Individual iLife '11 applications like iPhoto, iMovie, and GarageBand will be available for $14.99 each. Apple's Aperture 3 software will be available for $79.99.

The Mac App Store is apart of Mac OS X 10.6.6 and can be downloaded via Software Update.



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Does the consumer save money?
By Taft12 on 1/6/2011 10:07:58 AM , Rating: 2
I read a doom-and-gloom article yesterday about how this will drive prices through the floor for traditional Apple proprietary software. It wasn't very convincing, but can any Apple users tell me if the pricing for these applications is now less than it was the pre-Mac App Store era?

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Individual iLife '11 applications like iPhoto, iMovie, and GarageBand will be available for $14.99 each. Apple's Aperture 3 software will be available for $79.99.




RE: Does the consumer save money?
By quiksilvr on 1/6/11, Rating: 0
RE: Does the consumer save money?
By Smilin on 1/6/2011 11:18:44 AM , Rating: 1
Just run Windows Live Essentials in Bootcamp. It's better than iStuff anyway. :)

..and free.
..and cloud enabled.


RE: Does the consumer save money?
By KoolAidMan1 on 1/6/11, Rating: -1
RE: Does the consumer save money?
By Smilin on 1/6/2011 1:10:48 PM , Rating: 2
Which part?


RE: Does the consumer save money?
By Taft12 on 1/6/2011 4:11:01 PM , Rating: 2
"cloud enabled" as a selling feature is always good for a few yuks


RE: Does the consumer save money?
By Smilin on 1/7/2011 10:20:42 AM , Rating: 1
Hm. Sorry but *seamless* integration between all owned PCs, WP7 phones , and every other PC on the planet with a web browser is indeed a selling feature. iPhoto is pretty cool...but useless by definition if you're not in front of your Mac.

The masses right now think "the cloud" is just a buzzword because they either never use it, or don't realize when they are.


RE: Does the consumer save money?
By KoolAidMan1 on 1/9/2011 2:26:21 AM , Rating: 2
All of it. Those are horrible horrible applications you are endorsing.


RE: Does the consumer save money?
By Smilin on 1/10/2011 6:08:11 PM , Rating: 2
Really? You try them *recently*?

The photo app for example. The facial recognition and especially the UI that it uses blow the apple recognition away.

I'll admit that it's an opinion and yours is not invalid just because it differs. I'm not off my rocker though. There are reviewers who have said the same.

Are you sure you aren't thinking if previous versions? If you are I could understand why you're looking at me like I've got two rotten heads. They definately had that 1.0 feel.


RE: Does the consumer save money?
By hexxthalion on 1/7/2011 7:24:27 AM , Rating: 2
are you out of your mind????


RE: Does the consumer save money?
By Smilin on 1/7/2011 1:08:55 PM , Rating: 2
No. I've just actually tried them instead of making the typical assumptions about Microsoft.


By KoolAidMan1 on 1/9/2011 2:27:52 AM , Rating: 2
He is certainly deluded.


By KoolAidMan1 on 1/6/2011 11:47:43 AM , Rating: 2
A major update every two to three years isn't exactly nickel and diming. Separating them out into individual purchases is a good thing. I only really use iPhoto, so only buying that one thing is a good option if I wanted to go that route.

Also, given my own purchase habits on both my PCs and Macs (a replacement one every two to three years), I can't recall ever having to buy a new version of iLife since I just get the updated version with my new machine.


RE: Does the consumer save money?
By headbox on 1/6/11, Rating: 0
RE: Does the consumer save money?
By sp33dklz on 1/6/2011 2:36:46 PM , Rating: 2
That's funny.

I bought a laptop in 2008, faster than your MBPro (T9300 I'm sure?), and it only cost me $599.00. I sold it this year for $250 to a relative. I'm out $350.00. Seems like you lost $50.00 more than I did and your product was more inferior to begin with.

But wait... you lost $1,200.00 more than I did on the front end.

Thank god you're not an accountant.

-Josh


RE: Does the consumer save money?
By Taft12 on 1/6/2011 4:14:13 PM , Rating: 2
I'm glad you're not my accountant -- he took a 22% hit and you're down 58%. What if you had bought 3 laptops?


RE: Does the consumer save money?
By headbox on 1/6/2011 4:31:36 PM , Rating: 1
Did that $599 laptop have 9600GT graphics and 5+ hours battery life? Didn't think so. You can keep your cheap plastic laptops- some of us make enough money that we don't have to count pennies when buying electronics.

I bet you built your own 180hp sportbike too right? Because top speed while saving a few bucks is all that matters right? I mean, why buy a well built sedan when you can get GSX-R 1,000 parts for half the price of new, yet be faster than 100% of sports cars on the market! Oh those idiots who buy slower cars! What a waste of money!


RE: Does the consumer save money?
By Smilin on 1/7/2011 11:00:03 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
some of us make enough money that we don't have to count pennies when buying electronics.


Nice personal jab. Spoken like someone who probably has a mortgage but likes people to think they have money. Those with real wealth got that way by making wise spending decisions, not blowing money on electronic fashion accessories. He bought what met his needs I'm sure.


RE: Does the consumer save money?
By quiksilvr on 1/6/2011 3:09:15 PM , Rating: 2
iLife is already a part of Macs. I firmly believe that iWork should be a part of all Macs by default. It's the only chance they have when "competing" against Microsoft's juggernaut that is Office.

And I'm not going to go in a price debate between Macs and PCs. If you're counter-argument is "resale value" there's no point trying to convince you.


RE: Does the consumer save money?
By headbox on 1/6/2011 4:33:57 PM , Rating: 1
they're not trying to take down MS Office, just make it cheaper/easier to work with compatible files.

Why does everyone think they're entitled to free stuff?


RE: Does the consumer save money?
By Smilin on 1/7/2011 11:01:38 AM , Rating: 2
Not free. Included in cost.

When you take a computer out of the box it should be able to play a movie and type a document wouldn't you agree?


By nikon133 on 1/6/2011 3:11:28 PM , Rating: 1
You are right that is insane - giving that sort of money for 2+ year old laptop with all that dust accumulated on its fans and heatsinks, one that even if it looks good from the outside might have been used and abused heaps... but then, there are other insane things defying any logic when it comes to Apple...

Regarding Envy, here in NZ HP Envy 14-1112TX Beats Edition (with i7-720QM) starts from NZ$1,838 while HP Envy 15-1114TX starts at NZ$2,600 and HP Envy 17-1110TX at NZ$2,700.

As example, for same NZ$1,800 one can get 13" MBP with Core 2 Duo and every other spec below Envy 14-1112TX... and price/performance difference only gets bigger and bigger as you progress to higher-end models. For me, Envys are much better deal, but like I said - many things defy logic when it comes to Apple products.

As comparison,


RE: Does the consumer save money?
By fsardis on 1/7/2011 4:32:15 AM , Rating: 1
GarageBand has audio loops and samples that are better than most Pro audio apps?

Only a tone-deaf, shit-chucking ape could have said that. Seriously, stay away from music production. It clearly isn't your thing. The audio quality and the samples in GarageBand are some of the worst I have heard. The instruments sound dull, there is hardly enough tools to use in the software for Pro music production and on top of it all, the moment you start using a few software instruments the whole software craps out under the load no matter how few of them you used. I would understand it if they were all third party plugins that made it crash but this is Apple's stuff that supposedly "just works".
Nice try fanboi, don't forget your kool-aid. I hear now it is also administered as an enema but obviously you know all about it.
PS: Those overpriced Macs don't have something that PCs do: Processing power. I don't give a crap about resale value. I wanna render music and videos as fast as possible and a PC wins every time at half the cost.


By damianrobertjones on 1/6/2011 10:41:37 AM , Rating: 2
Forget todays prices.... they mean nothing are will be set to please people.

Tomorrows prices need to be seen!


RE: Does the consumer save money?
By KoolAidMan1 on 1/6/2011 11:50:41 AM , Rating: 3
quote:
I read a doom-and-gloom article yesterday about how this will drive prices through the floor for traditional Apple proprietary software. It wasn't very convincing, but can any Apple users tell me if the pricing for these applications is now less than it was the pre-Mac App Store era?


Just check the listings on Amazon. The MSRP for Aperture is $200, Amazon sells it for $160, and it is $80 on the App Sore. So yeah, online pricing is much less than retail. I wish new game releases on Steam were this marked down. :)


RE: Does the consumer save money?
By KoolAidMan1 on 1/6/2011 11:55:00 AM , Rating: 2
I just checked the price of Autodesk Sketchbook Pro. The retail version for Windows Vista/7 and OS X (it comes in the same box) is $80. On the App Store it is only $30. Gotta say, I'm surprised by how low these prices are. I absolutely love Steam but I got accustomed to their "normal" prices being the same as retail.


RE: Does the consumer save money?
By headbox on 1/6/2011 2:09:09 PM , Rating: 2
I got the Sketchbook Pro for iPad version for just $10, and it has all of the features of the desktop.


Does Apps push MAc ahead of PCs?
By rileychris on 1/6/11, Rating: 0
RE: Does Apps push MAc ahead of PCs?
By Luticus on 1/6/2011 10:51:04 AM , Rating: 2
NO! It's not just about lack of apps, it's about freedom on your platform. With my windows PC the things i can do with it are nearly limitless. On my mac it seems I'm always hitting some wall of why i can change a certain thing. Besides, you assuming that development for the windows PC is going to somehow drop off (it won't) because of this... Linux has been the "real" underdog the entire time and there are still a massive amount of "apps" on the platform and development is going strong. If people switch to the Mac platform it won't be because of apps, it'll be because Mac are trendy and shiny and pretty looking and they need something that will impress their friends and make them look important. I know because i work for a company that runs both mac and windows platforms and lets just say that there's a reason why all our sales reps get macs and all our devs and most everyone else is on windows. If there is any advantage to the mac platform (and this is debatable) it's that they are great for media editing and they can auto-mount iso's without 3rd party software. Granted magic disk is free and cinema 4d, adobe, etc. are available on both platforms... hell adobe cs5 is as unstable as Charles Manson on a mac but runs great on windows. Probably adobes fault there but who knows right...


RE: Does Apps push MAc ahead of PCs?
By Tony Swash on 1/7/2011 11:53:11 AM , Rating: 1
quote:
NO! It's not just about lack of apps, it's about freedom on your platform. With my windows PC the things i can do with it are nearly limitless. On my mac it seems I'm always hitting some wall of why i can change a certain thing. Besides, you assuming that development for the windows PC is going to somehow drop off (it won't) because of this... Linux has been the "real" underdog the entire time and there are still a massive amount of "apps" on the platform and development is going strong. If people switch to the Mac platform it won't be because of apps, it'll be because Mac are trendy and shiny and pretty looking and they need something that will impress their friends and make them look important. I know because i work for a company that runs both mac and windows platforms and lets just say that there's a reason why all our sales reps get macs and all our devs and most everyone else is on windows. If there is any advantage to the mac platform (and this is debatable) it's that they are great for media editing and they can auto-mount iso's without 3rd party software. Granted magic disk is free and cinema 4d, adobe, etc. are available on both platforms... hell adobe cs5 is as unstable as Charles Manson on a mac but runs great on windows. Probably adobes fault there but who knows right...


Nobody (or at least 99.9% of consumers) gives a toss about ridiculous worries about your mythical freedoms :)

What's changed in the last decade is that there is now no disincentive to buying a Mac.

Back in 2000 and prior there was a problem because the Wintel monopoly dominated the enterprise there were always issue of compatibility for Mac users. These issues were never huge and could almost always be overcome but they were were there and they made for a powerful negative force in the market pushing people towards the "compatible" PCs. Back then, prior to the original iMac, most Macs looked like PCs (i.e. ugly) and although the old Mac OS was superior to Windows the gap for the average user was not huge and the Mac OS was old, buggy and unstable (Windows was worse on all counts but both OS's were in clearly in the same ball park).

Since then a revolution has happened but a lot techies, especially the backward yearning luddite tendency, didn't really notice it.

First and foremost MacOSX came along and it is and remains (even after the mammoth efforts expended on Windows 7) more secure, more stable, much more visually attractive and generally better designed than any version of Windows. Until Windows 7 the Mac OS was a long way ahead for the best part of a decade.

Secondly Macs moved to Intel and with a stroke compatibility issues more or less disappeared (now a Mac is the most compatible PC on the planet because it can legally and easily and simultaneously run any number of OS).

The Mac range, desktop as well as laptop, was remodelled to be beautiful objects, with a clear and distinct brand identity that differentiated them from Windows PCs.

MacOSX was evolved to include a set of bundled and integrated apps they really are first rate and add a lot of value to the brand and to consumer experience.

Apple opened an ever growing number of very attractive retail stores that can showcase the Mac products range, especially to people who are there shopping for i-Devices.

Finally the innovative and stunningly successful range of i-Devices brought Apple products and the Apple design motif to the attention of a huge consumer market who wanted more such stuff.

The result is that Macs sales have out grown the market for many years and this has created a virtuous circle, more developers, more apps, more kudos, more sales, around and around.

For the average consumer there are now many reasons for buying a Mac and few for not.

Macs sales will continue to increase faster than PC sales. The App store will be a big success. Others will copy it.


By Alexstarfire on 1/8/2011 2:58:48 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Back then, prior to the original iMac, most Macs looked like PCs (i.e. ugly) and although the old Mac OS was superior to Windows the gap for the average user was not huge and the Mac OS was old, buggy and unstable (Windows was worse on all counts but both OS's were in clearly in the same ball park).


I'd have to disagree there. We've had Macs in this house since we moved here in 1989. I can't say much about this pre-Windows 95 since that was the first Windows OS I used, but it was much better than the Mac OS at that time. I was only about 9 years old when I used Windows 95 and it was much easier to actually change and configure the settings that needed to be change. On Mac OS, whatever version we had at the time, it was either hard or impossible for most things that I was looking to change. This still seems to be the case to me, and Windows 7 seems to make it more difficult as well since many options have changed and/or gotten moved to different locations. The latter part of that just sucks since I'm use to the old locations.

You're right about Macs legally being the most compatible PC on the planet, but remember the word legally quite well. It's no real technical feat that stops non-Mac users.

IDK why you seem to think Macs are more secure. It's been proven over and over again that they aren't. They simply aren't targeted. If you want to say Macs are safer.... go ahead. That would be a true statement. Saying they are more secure simply isn't true though.

Windows 7... and even XP, if you know what you're doing, are just as stable as Mac OSX. Only time I've had issues is when my hardware messes up. Software will never been able to do anything about that though.

The stuff I didn't comment on what you said is basically true. The integrated stuff always works against Microsoft since they get slammed on basically anything they integrate. IDK about an app store on Windows either but we'll see. IDK why they'd bother since I can go just about anywhere and download stuff. It would help weed out a lot of the spyware/adware/crapware/malware programs out there though. I can do that myself just by looking at it but it's obvious most can't.


RE: Does Apps push MAc ahead of PCs?
By Smilin on 1/10/2011 5:56:11 PM , Rating: 2
Tony you seem to view history through som fanboy goggles.

quote:
First and foremost MacOSX came along and it is and remains (even after the mammoth efforts expended on Windows 7) more secure, more stable, much more visually attractive and generally better designed than any version of Windows. Until Windows 7 the Mac OS was a long way ahead for the best part of a decade.


OS experts as a whole do not agree. OSX enjoyed a brief leapfrog jump over XP. It was better because it was newer. Apple has generally lagged on desktop OS design though. Slow on security features (ASLR, response to industry DNS vulnerability), slow on x64 support, worthless server side innovation, etc. I'm not swallowing your argument.

quote:

Back then, prior to the original iMac, most Macs looked like PCs (i.e. ugly) and although the old Mac OS was superior to Windows the gap for the average user was not huge and the Mac OS was old, buggy and unstable (Windows was worse on all counts but both OS's were in clearly in the same ball park).

Why do you think Apple jumped to OSX? Really, why the overhaul? It wasn't for Intel compatibility, that came later.

No, it was because OS9 had become so far behind it needed abandonded..much like Windows Mobile 6.x. Did you actually see the memory management in OS9? OMG the whole thing was a textbook example of how to write a crappy OS. Pre-OSX sucked..and frankly so did OSX. It took many versions to get it where it is today.

quote:
Macs sales will continue to increase faster than PC sales.


Thank you Tony for that stroke of genius. It's almost a mathmatical certainty Macs will increase faster than PC. Sell 10 of each and that counts as a win for Mac does it not?

quote:
The App store will be a big success. Others will copy it.

..and so continues the arrogance of the Apple fanboy. "Others will copy it?" You act as if Apple didn't copy it to begin with. It's pathetic to deliberately wear blinders man. An "app store" is a collective, not original, idea that many share.


RE: Does Apps push MAc ahead of PCs?
By Smilin on 1/6/2011 10:59:16 AM , Rating: 5
Doubtful.

Nobody has any problems finding software for PCs. (as you mentioned). If Windows 8 releases an "app" store it will be filled first with real applications before it slowly dribbles down to the tripe that apple considers an "app".

Don't confuse "apps" and "applications". Apps by and large are crappy little chunks of software meant to overcome the limitations of doing even the most basic tasks on the web. There are some clever gems for sure (Shazam for example) but many apps are outright junk compared to true applications.

Example: Why is there a geico.com app? Because the experience of going to geico.com on iOS is unbearable. Windows/OSX/*nix users just open a web browser.


RE: Does Apps push MAc ahead of PCs?
By harmaton on 1/7/2011 3:55:06 PM , Rating: 2
and Apple fanbois are arrogant?

You my friend are a real piece of work. Windows will copy and fall in line like it ALWAYS does.

Don't confuse your ass from your head.


RE: Does Apps push MAc ahead of PCs?
By Smilin on 1/7/2011 5:12:45 PM , Rating: 2
I thought Apple was the one that copied this idea from about a half dozen or more other places like Games for Windows Marketplace, Steam, Impulse, etc. but clearly I was holding the idea wrong.

I bow to your revolutionary, magical, and beautiful argument. Unlike direct personal attacks...It just works.


RE: Does Apps push MAc ahead of PCs?
By harmaton on 1/7/2011 8:35:55 PM , Rating: 2
Your comments below really rub me the wrong way.

"Don't confuse "apps" and "applications". Apps by and large are crappy little chunks of software meant to overcome the limitations of doing even the most basic tasks on the web."

W... T....F are you talking about? Do you have any understanding of software. (and yes I am a seasoned 10 year veteran SW developer with a BS in CS and MS in comp Eng.) They are supposed to be small in scope not like Windows trying to solve world hunger. Divide and conquer.

and...
"If Windows 8 releases an "app" store it will be filled first with real applications before it slowly dribbles down to the tripe that apple considers an "app"."

again W... T ...F are you talking about? At least I know where the idea comes from... Veteran linux user for the last 10 years, it is obvious they are levying off of aptitude. Good idea. I use apt-get all the time to help me along the way. They are simple programs. Atomic in nature. You seem to love the bloated approach. Have fun with that crap.

I am on a computer over 40 hours a week and haven't touched a Windows machine in over 2 years... thank God.

"I bow to your revolutionary, magical, and beautiful argument."

and lastly again what are you talking about? All OS's have their failure points and I have never said that Apple is rev. magical or beautiful... just the lesser of two oligopolies, IMO.


RE: Does Apps push MAc ahead of PCs?
By Smilin on 1/10/2011 5:39:18 PM , Rating: 2
Well you've moved from straight out personal attacks to logical questions with hostility. I can work with that at least. :)

Re: dont' confuse apps and applications...

Sometimes tiny applications are great. The spirit level is an example. It does one tiny task but it's a very useful task. Your "atomic in nature" description is good. I'm not trying to put in on the same playing field as say Excel.

But then there are a bajillion other apps that are just outright chunks of s iht. They are usually outright chunks for one of three reasons:
1. They are so "atomic" that they are useless. The tiny task to be accomplished has such little value that it's a waste of air to let the programmer breath: "hands heater", "kissing test", "iFlush toilet" etc.
2. They are "free" and a blatant attempt at advertising, personal information skimming, or just click generation. These are things like the cnn.com app, epic fail, Target etc..
3. They are designed to give a better experience on a portable device because the experience on the portable device sucks so bad. Geico.com I mentioned is one. Most of the news apps are another (with a touch of reason #2 mixed in). The fact is that browsing cnn.com on the iPhone sucks and only a part of this has to do with the small screen. A cnn.com app eases some of the symptoms so you're left with just the small screen problem.

I'm not speaking in absolutes here. There are exceptions to be sure. All three reasons above have a typical root cause: any tom or harry can whip up a chunk of crap and publish it. If you get outside of the entire "app" space and into the software/application space then you get into the realm where people have to make something worthwhile for it to see the light of day.

Find an app that's worth a crap and usually you'll find a full dev team with UI designers, programmers of varying specialties, artists, project managers etc... In other words they'll have "application" dev teams behind them. Skype is an example.

This is what you usually find in the Windows (and linux) world. Steam for example doesn't have much in the way of crappy apps. Even the most bottom rung games blow away 3/4 of what you would see on the ios app store. If crap is published on steam it just doesn't survive commercially.

I would expect a Windows app store to get filled with full applications, not apps. I expect to get "apps" on Windows via Javascript, Silverlight, Flash, HTML 5 when I visit a website. I'm not paying for that junk. I would also expect things to be cloud integrated by the time Windows 8 ships. Software should work on full and mobile devices with storage that is transparent (local, server, web, ...shouldn't matter). In other words I expect quality software should a Windows app store become available. I don't have such high hopes for Apple (yet).

I actually have more faith in this OSX app store than I do for the iOS app store. Hopefully it won't be riddled with sh it like the iPhone app store is... I mean really.. I know the iPod just a tiny device but the iPAD? No excuse. That thing has the screen and horsepower to pull off far more than iOS and it's pile of app-store crap have to offer. It's sad.

quote:
I am on a computer over 40 hours a week and haven't touched a Windows machine in over 2 years... thank God.

Your opinions could be construed as just fanboyism then. I mean you haven't even touched MSFTs latest and greatest and are going to continue comparing it to the best Apple has to offer? Most of the time when people have that wonderfull "switch" experience from Mac to PC it's because they are going from 7 year old XP to brand new OSX. The correlation is Microsoft -> Apple when in fact the cause is 7 year old -> New. Go Find an OS 9 user and switch them to Windows 7. They'll shat themselves.
quote:
"I bow to your revolutionary, magical, and beautiful argument."

and lastly again what are you talking about? All OS's have their failure points and I have never said that Apple is rev. magical or beautiful... just the lesser of two oligopolies, IMO.

Your previous post had no logical argument at all so I was being sarcastic about it being "magical". The post warrented a nonresponse, a flame, or something wise@55. You got the later is all.


Nothing innovative, just executed properly
By RedRoss on 1/6/2011 9:58:12 AM , Rating: 5
quote:
“We think users are going to love this innovative new way to discover and buy their favorite apps,” said Jobs in a press release.


What is so innovative about it? Thats the way people were installing apps (applications) in the Linux community for years. Even for free.

What he should have said is: "Like the free OS for human beings "Ubuntu", we have also made a centralized app store. Ours is better of course, because we have more paid apps" (yup I agree, that the amount of paid apps in Ubuntu app store is pitiful)




RE: Nothing innovative, just executed properly
By Smilin on 1/6/2011 11:02:54 AM , Rating: 3
As a Windows fan I've always been very impressed by apt-get. The closest thing Windows has is Steam.

App stores are about to become ubiquitous on Android, Chrome, Windows, etc. but you're absolutely right..Linux gets props for the original innovation.

..but again failing to slap a GUI on it. :(


RE: Nothing innovative, just executed properly
By vignyan on 1/6/2011 12:27:54 PM , Rating: 2
Nope... There is a GUI too!!! Synaptic and Unbuntu Store - both GUI versions! Ubuntu Store is much more simpler and easier than synaptic and has been there since Ubuntu 9.04...

Apple Computers just became a thief!


RE: Nothing innovative, just executed properly
By Smilin on 1/6/2011 1:19:42 PM , Rating: 2
Ah sweet. Didn't know.

quote:
Apple Computers just became a thief!


...mmm..I think they actually became one when the original Mac (Lisa even) stole technology from Xerox and the trademarked name from McIntosh.


RE: Nothing innovative, just executed properly
By captainBOB on 1/6/2011 10:58:14 PM , Rating: 2
Hooray for misinformation!

Apple bought the technology from Xerox, and they bought the rights to use the Macintosh brand.

Also you can't steal what is free (open source). In fact, Apple has contributed many times to open source software, the Darwin kernel that is in Mac OS X is open source, Webkit is the browser engine powering Safari and Google Chrome (open source), launchd, a vast improvement over init and rc, is also open source, and this is only a few of the things open source from Apple .

It kills me when the open source fanatics get all up in arms when a company uses "their" code and makes a profit from it even if they contribute something in return, not that I agree with what they're doing with it, but if you don't want them using it, you shouldn't make it open source anyways.


By Smilin on 1/7/2011 11:18:02 AM , Rating: 2
Apple and Xerox developed GUIs independently and no, Apple did not buy the technology. If they had it would have helped their later hypocritical case against Microsoft.

Apple was also *forced* to buy the rights to the Macintosh brand from Frank McIntoshes company. They did the same crap with the iPhone and finally found some moral fortitude and paid ahead of time when they wanted "iOS".

quote:

Hooray for misinformation!


Indeed.


By sprockkets on 1/6/2011 5:07:24 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
“We think users are going to love this innovative new way to discover and buy their favorite apps,” said Jobs in a press release.


That guy is such a douche bag. He says that every time he releases any new product.

Hey Steve, nobody "loves" your new ipod nano and you forcing people to buy ipod touches! GFY!


Infinity Blade is awesome, but...
By wysiwyg009 on 1/6/2011 11:05:44 AM , Rating: 2
...does this mean that we might see some real Unreal Engine 3 games for Mac?




RE: Infinity Blade is awesome, but...
By Pirks on 1/6/11, Rating: -1
RE: Infinity Blade is awesome, but...
By Smilin on 1/6/11, Rating: 0
RE: Infinity Blade is awesome, but...
By Pirks on 1/6/11, Rating: 0
By Smilin on 1/6/2011 1:44:53 PM , Rating: 2
Duck your sock? whu?


RE: Infinity Blade is awesome, but...
By Lonyo on 1/6/2011 11:44:16 AM , Rating: 2
Because gameplay > engine?
You could play... Crysis or Metro 2033.
Or... you could play one of the 100 or so UE3 games.


By omnicronx on 1/6/2011 1:07:13 PM , Rating: 2
You say this as though they are mutually exclusive...

I've played many bad games based no the UE3 engine, just as I've played bad games on the Crysis engine..

Gameplay has little to do with the graphics engine, so why you are comparing the two is beyond me..


RE: Infinity Blade is awesome, but...
By Wiggy Mcshades on 1/6/2011 12:03:49 PM , Rating: 1
turn 6.


By Smilin on 1/7/2011 11:03:44 AM , Rating: 2
Agreed. The part about the GPU especially. Bummer it got a -1 instead.

It would be epic if the mods flipped a -1 to 6.


Fart apps FTW!
By Smilin on 1/6/2011 9:35:09 AM , Rating: 4
Yay! Now Macbooks can have fart apps too!

This thing is going to be so riddled with s h(*t it won't be funny. Now all the developers who couldn't write anything marketable will now have a place to dump and hope.




RE: Fart apps FTW!
By therealnickdanger on 1/6/2011 9:51:13 AM , Rating: 1
Doubtful.
quote:
follow its strict app submission guidelines


RE: Fart apps FTW!
By Taft12 on 1/6/2011 10:08:51 AM , Rating: 2
As long as you can't see a booby, it'll get the thumbs up!


RE: Fart apps FTW!
By Smilin on 1/6/2011 10:51:36 AM , Rating: 2
Um...isn't the current app store also using such strict submission guidelines?


plagiarism!!
By vignyan on 1/6/2011 12:24:16 PM , Rating: 3
Steve Jobs says that this is a new and innovative way??? really?? what was Debian and Ubuntu been doing all these years with their aptitude??

Shame on Apple Computers Inc.. The last thing I would expect from a company is plagiarism!

I just became "Mac hater"




RE: plagiarism!!
By Helbore on 1/6/2011 1:27:27 PM , Rating: 2
Not to mention the last few years where Apple have been doing it themselves on the iOS platform.

Note to Steve Jobs - doing the same thing on a different OS does not indicate that it is new and innovative.


By morphologia on 1/10/2011 2:46:47 PM , Rating: 2
Now my girlfriend's Mac keeps trying to force the App Store on her, and the system is designed to limit her options to prevent it. It's like the updater is saying: "Hmm, you seem to have removed this program that we want you to have. That must be a mistake. Let me fix that for you..."

It's like an even creepier, electronic version of the Snickers Lady.




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