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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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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.

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