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Apple's latest "App Store" will launch in early January

While a handful of "app stores" like Valve's Steam have delivered software to PCs in the past, these stores generally lacked diversity, mostly just offering game downloads.  No PC app store really offered customers the opportunity to buy instantly-downloadable apps of all kinds -- everything from games to productivity software.  That's about to change as Apple is set to introduce the world's first full-featured personal computer App Store on January 6.

Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO, fond of bragging about the company he founded, states, "The App Store revolutionized mobile apps.  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."

The Mac App Store will come to Mac users in the form of a Snow Leopard (OS X 10.6) update.

The initial Mac App Store will launch in 90 countries and include familiar categories like Education, Games, Graphics & Design, Lifestyle, Productivity and Utilities.  As with the iPhone/iPad App Stores, Apple will keep a 30 percent cut, handing developers 70 percent of app sales.

Apple's press release even included this nugget: "Apple...recently introduced its magical iPad which is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices."

Apple often describes its products as "magical", but it's hard not to give Apple its dues when it comes to its success in pioneering the mobile App Store concept and its equally pioneering effort to port that success to the PC.

Apple won't be alone in this market for long though -- Google's incoming Netbook/Notebook Chrome OS will feature a "Web Store" filled with internet apps.  While that app store has technically launched, its app catalog at this point is very sparse.

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RE: PC App Store?
By Anoxanmore on 12/16/2010 11:06:14 AM , Rating: 2
PC != Windows.

PC = Personal Computer.

Windows = Windows

Apple = OSX/Windows


RE: PC App Store?
By tdawg on 12/16/2010 11:14:59 AM , Rating: 2
Apple's worked very hard to erase these truths and make the association that PC = Windows and Mac = Mac OS. So in today's day and age, it should be more than acceptable to refer to PC vs Mac as Windows OS vs Max OS.

Because of Apple's marketing campaign, I agree that this should read that this is a Mac App Store and not a PC App Store, as it has nothing to do with Windows-based machines.

RE: PC App Store?
By Luticus on 12/16/2010 11:21:29 AM , Rating: 2
so if pc = windows
and mac = osx
then what = linux?

I didn't know we defined "types" of computers based on their os.

a Personal Computer is a Personal Computer and i won't let apples poo marketing rewrite the dictionary.

A mac is simply a type of pc. Windows has no name for the machines that run it, nor does any other os vendor. in-fact apple is the ONLY pc vendor i can think of with the ego to do that now that i think about it. :)

RE: PC App Store?
By walk2k on 12/16/2010 12:27:32 PM , Rating: 3

"PC" = IBM PC and compatibles

little "pc" = personal computer maybe, but nobody uses that term any more.. we have "desktops, notebooks, laptops, netbooks and maybe "iphones" lol nobody calls them "personal computers" since about 1989....

RE: PC App Store?
By Luticus on 12/16/2010 12:42:34 PM , Rating: 1
I'm going to say the same thing i've been saying:

A personal computer (PC) is any general-purpose computer whose size, capabilities, and original sales price make it useful for individuals, and which is intended to be operated directly by an end-user with no intervening computer operator. Many people consider a PC to be a Windows system, but this is not true and PC's include any type of computer that is used in a "personal" manner. This is in contrast to the batch processing or time-sharing models which allowed large expensive mainframe systems to be used by many people, usually at the same time, or large data processing systems which required a full-time staff to operate efficiently. It is also in contrast with the more recent trend of controlling software availability through an intervening third party such as the Apple App Store.[1][2]

A personal computer may be a desktop computer, a laptop, a tablet PC, or a handheld PC (also called a palmtop). The most common microprocessors in personal computers are x86-compatible CPUs. Software applications for personal computers include word processing, spreadsheets, databases, Web browsers and e-mail clients, games, and myriad personal productivity and special-purpose software applications. Modern personal computers often have connections to the Internet, allowing access to the World Wide Web and a wide range of other resources.

personal computer

a microcomputer designed for individual use, as by a person in an office or at home or school, for such applications as word processing, data management, financial analysis, or computer games. Abbreviation: PC

Nuff said.

RE: PC App Store?
By Anoxanmore on 12/16/2010 12:56:49 PM , Rating: 2
Oh Snap!

RE: PC App Store?
By walk2k on 12/16/2010 3:17:27 PM , Rating: 2
better tell Apple that because according to them PC = windows PC and Mac = Mac

RE: PC App Store?
By Luticus on 12/16/2010 3:32:09 PM , Rating: 2
It's not my fault they're wrong.

That's just apples marketing trying to make itself look special by differentiating itself from other pc's. as i've said before, if they are right then what = linux system? Is a pc no longer a pc because you install linux? a pc is a system with a cpu, motherboard, video processor, ram, cdrom, harddisks, a monitor and an operating system. a mac is a system with a cpu, motherboard, video processor, ram, cdrom, harddisks. Tell me, what's the difference...

RE: PC App Store?
By Iaiken on 12/16/2010 3:51:15 PM , Rating: 2
One is an excellent source or rainbows, sparkles, unicorns and lies of perfection...

RE: PC App Store?
By Luticus on 12/16/2010 3:52:47 PM , Rating: 2
Seriously, i knew apple's reality distortion fields was powerful but my GOD! The force is strong with this one! :-)

RE: PC App Store?
By Anoxanmore on 12/16/2010 4:16:06 PM , Rating: 2
Sarcasm my young apparentice, you shall master it soon enough. :)

RE: PC App Store?
By Luticus on 12/16/2010 4:25:10 PM , Rating: 2
I know, i was with 'em on the sarcasm. I probably should have been more clear that my post was to laugh with him about the guy i originally replied too. complicated eh? :-)

RE: PC App Store?
By Iaiken on 12/16/2010 11:39:08 AM , Rating: 2
While it is mostly just semantics at this point, he does make a valid point.

The Apple marketing machine has worked very hard and for a very long time to assert:

PC = Windows
Windows = Bad
Mac = Rainbows, unicorns and all that good stuff.

That said, as soon as Apple moved over to the same Intel processors that power PCs, they became PCs. The only difference is that Apple deliberately imposed limitations at the MCU level to prevent OSX from being installed on non-apple hardware. Any commercial attempts to circumvent those arbitrary restrictions have been met with lawsuits; most likely because it would dispel the "PC's kill unicorns" stigma that they've created.

RE: PC App Store?
By Luticus on 12/16/10, Rating: 0
RE: PC App Store?
By Luticus on 12/16/2010 4:36:42 PM , Rating: 2
Well..., I thought it was pretty funny.

RE: PC App Store?
By Flunk on 12/16/2010 12:05:50 PM , Rating: 2
That's because Apple is still using the terminologies from Mac vs PC fight in the 80s (where it really was the IBM "PC"). PC just means personal computer these days and a Mac is a personal computer.

RE: PC App Store?
By rcc on 12/16/2010 5:50:04 PM , Rating: 2
Walk in to any computer store in the world and tell them "I'm looking to buy a PC" and see what they show you.

While I agree that both Mac and, er, PCs are personal computers, the industry just assumes that the abbreviation PC means a Windows computer. Although you can play the PC with Linux card, then you are getting in to the whole, does chili have beans in it problem? Ask any New Mexico resident, chili does not have beans. You don't really have a PC with Linux, you have a "Linux machine".

Despite the common theme in this thread, I think the Windows world did more to promote the PC = Windows computer than did the Apple world. They just picked it up and ran with it for advertising.

RE: PC App Store?
By lolmuly on 12/16/2010 11:18:41 AM , Rating: 1
Apple = OSX/Windows

i disagree... the driver's they provide hardly work at all. makes windows 7 crash all of the time, constant blue screens... a proper machine running windows 7 is a dream...

RE: PC App Store?
By superPC on 12/16/2010 11:44:44 AM , Rating: 2
i've never had a blue screens on my windows 7. software crashed to desktop once in a blue moon, but never caused a BSOD in my PC. if you often experience BSOD on windows 7 you should check your hardware. maybe something is loose or some component periodically stopped working.

RE: PC App Store?
By Iaiken on 12/16/2010 12:14:44 PM , Rating: 2
He's talking about using Boot Camp on a Mac. I've had similar experiences with Win7 on my wife's iMac.

Thankfully she's smart enough to have finally seen through the gears of the Apple propaganda and come to the realization that I have fewer problems with with my custom built Win7 machine than she has with that POS iMac.

Yellowing Screen? Check!
DVD-Rom jammed? Check!
OSX bug caused the page file eat up her entire HDD? Check!

The first one required a complete replacement unit. The second one required a trip to the Apple store. The last problem I was able to fix after hours of research. Amazingly, I wasn't able to find any info on the problem in the Apple support forums, but hundreds of occurrences out in the wilds of the internet. Hrmm...

RE: PC App Store?
By Iaiken on 12/16/2010 12:15:55 PM , Rating: 2
Oh yeah!

Just the other night it shut itself of and went into a boot loop that wouldn't have been so bad if it didn't make that f***ing annoying "bong" sound every time.

"My sex life is pretty good" -- Steve Jobs' random musings during the 2010 D8 conference

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