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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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RE: Does Apps push MAc ahead of PCs?
By Tony Swash on 1/7/2011 11:53:11 AM , Rating: 1
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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
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.


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