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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 Smilin on 1/10/2011 5:56:11 PM , Rating: 2
Tony you seem to view history through som fanboy goggles.

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.


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.

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?

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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