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