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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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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,


"Nowadays, security guys break the Mac every single day. Every single day, they come out with a total exploit, your machine can be taken over totally. I dare anybody to do that once a month on the Windows machine." -- Bill Gates

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