Apple has today announced that the Mac App Store, first mentioned by Steve Jobs back in October, will open its virtual doors on January 6th.
Set to land in 90 countries on launch day, a date which by no coincidence matches the opening day of CES 2011, an event Apple has notoriously avoided, the Mac App Store will be available as a free download for Mac OS X Snow Leopard users.
Speaking on the upcoming arrival Apple’s formidable leader 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.”
Sticking with the tried, tested and hugely successful formula used for the current iPhone and iPad App Stores, the Mac App Store will allow users to "browse new and noteworthy apps, find out what’s hot, view staff favourites, search categories and read customer ratings and reviews.” Current iOS developers will be familiar with the Mac App Store’s policies as Apple continues with its existing 70 per cent to 30 per cent sales revenue split with developers continuing to set their own prices.
One difference that could be seen between the existing iOS App Stores and the incoming Mac App Store is the lack of ‘Lite’ or free apps with the official Apple guidelines for the new Mac OS store stating: "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."
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