Apple Introduces Mac App Store; Coming 'Within 90 Days' to Snow Leopard

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During a press event earlier today, Apple's Steve Jobs revealed an application store, similar to the iOS App Store, is coming to Mac computers running the 'Snow Leopard' OS "within 90 days." The new platform will also be included in Apple's upcoming "Lion" OS, set to launch in the summer of 2011.

Like the iOS store, the Mac App Store will be a one-stop shop for apps, featuring one-click downloads, free and premium applications with a 70/30 revenue split between developers and Apple, auto installation, and update notifications.

According to Engadget, applications will support Lion's suite of features, including multi-touch gestures and app home screens. Applications will also be dedicated as full screen applications, meaning that they will resume when relaunched.

Beginning in November, Apple will accept submissions for the OSX-specific App Store.

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    October 20, 2010 4:28 PM

    Glad to see Apple taking a(nother) page from the Linux handbook.
    Hoping Windows gets something similar to this, like Steam for normal software. Maybe when Windows 8 is out.

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      October 20, 2010 4:35 PM

      I think I read it was already coming in windows 8.

      I love the idea of App stores for PC's, I think it will really help bring more people back into the platform. I just hope nobody (and apple probably will..) tries to make the app store the ONLY way to get software.

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        October 20, 2010 4:44 PM

        I also love the idea. Steam and the Ubuntu package manager are great. This won't be the only way to install apps on the major desktop OSes, not even for Apple.

        I don't expect Microsoft to execute well on the idea, but we'll see. If anything I wouldn't mind seeing Valve partner with other publishers and start delivering non-game applications through their service. They already have the infrastructure and the framework for it, all they need is the desire and the permission to do it.

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        October 21, 2010 1:08 AM

        this is something that will happen when they pass 50% market share.. and that's not gonna happen :)