Apple has revealed that their hotly anticipated Mac app store will launch in a jaw dropping 90 countries on the opening day of CES 2011, 6th January 2011. The Apple Mac store will be freely available for Mac OS X Snow Leopard users and is set to make the way users buy programs and apps a much more fun and simpler process.
Apple’s head honcho Steve Jobs said: “The App Store revolutionised mobile apps. We hope to do the same for PC apps with the Mac App Store by making finding and buying PC apps easy and fun. We can’t wait to get started on 6 January.”
Apple is planning to stick with the familiar format of the iOS app store, after all, if it aint broke don’t fix it, the Mac App store will enable Apple users to “browse new and noteworthy apps, find out what’s hot, view staff favourites, search categories and read customer ratings and reviews.” Other familiarities include Apple continuing the 70/30 split with app developers who will also continue to set the price of their app.
Familiarities aside one thing that will be different is the ‘lite’ version of apps, basically the app store will not play host to them with guidelines explaining “Your website is the best place to provide demos, trial versions, or betas of your software for customers to explore. The apps you submit to be reviewed for the Mac App Store should be fully functional, retail versions of your apps.”
Are you looking forward to the upcoming app store? Will it change the way you use your Mac?