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Apple's much anticipated Mac App Store will open for users of Mac OS X Snow Leopard at noon Eastern time on its previously announced launch date of Thursday, Jan. 6.

Citing sources, Jim Dalrymple of The Loop reported Wednesday that Apple will officially open the service at 12 p.m. Eastern, 9 a.m. Pacific. When the Mac App Store was rumored to have an early launch in December, he correctly reported that it would not arrive until January 2011.

Apple first announced the Mac App Store in October, and promised a launch within 90 days. The digital download destination will serve as a Mac OS X counterpart to the iOS App Store for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.

The App Store will allow users to download and install applications with just one click, like on iOS devices. Developers will also be able to take a 70 percent cut of sales through the digital storefront, while Apple keeps 30 percent.

Like on iOS devices, software will be remotely hosted by Apple. But once applications are installed, they will run locally, like traditional software.



Developers this week have been preparing for the launch of the App Store, and many of them plan to keep the low pricing model that has been employed to great success on the iPhone App Store, according to an informal survey.

In contrast, in its own promotional materials, Apple has shown its iLife applications with a price of $15 each, while iWork apps were shown being sold individually for $20. When combined, those prices are comparable to what customers would pay for the full retail versions of iLife and iWork for Mac.
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So the obvious question is if I own iWork for the Mac OS X and for the iPad already, do I have to buy another version and if so, why? What advantage will there be to having this new iOS version?

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post #3 of 62
So when's the next keynote?
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Does anyone know what the installed base is for Snow Leopard?
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So the obvious question is if I own iWork for the Mac OS X and for the iPad already, do I have to buy another version and if so, why? What advantage will there be to having this new iOS version?

I dont see what's so obvious about it... This is apole opening an online softWare shop, nothing to do with killing your software.
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Can someone clarify this comment, "Like on iOS devices, software will be remotely hosted by Apple. But once applications are installed, they will run locally, like traditional software."

Does this mean anything more than, you download the software from Apple's servers? Or is the Mac App Store a semi-cloud based setup?
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So the obvious question is if I own iWork for the Mac OS X and for the iPad already, do I have to buy another version and if so, why? What advantage will there be to having this new iOS version?

Well, let's see: you have a version for the Mac and a version for the iPad. Both allow you to create documents and save them, and in my experience, you can open them in either. So why would you need a new version? Did the article say the new version was going to be a new flavor?
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So the obvious question is if I own iWork for the Mac OS X and for the iPad already, do I have to buy another version and if so, why? What advantage will there be to having this new iOS version?

I think you got something wrong. There's only Mac and iOS versions. Those are the two versions of the iWork. The new App Store is just a store, like iTunes.
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Ohhhh... the 6th. After reading the headline I thought I was going to have to google or ask a religious zealot when this Easter mythology happened.

Thanks for the translation for us non-Christians.
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Can't wait!
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i thought today is the Sixth.
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i thought today is the Sixth.

It might be somewhere on the planet.
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Too bad the Mac App Store is not available for Leopard. I understand that Apple wants to entice more users to upgrade to Snow Leopard. I wonder how many Snow Leopard units have sold to date.

I would like to see the Apple TV have an app store which can interact using the iphone/touch/ipad in some way. Using the idevice to control what you see on the TV screen ie: games, apps, and whatnot...

I have never seen an Apple TV and how its OS is designed or wether it is very similar to an iOS device. But having these two devices work seamlessly would seem like the next best step. Ideally, what I would like to see is an Apple TV that is built into the TV with the ability to access an app store in line with iOS. Not sure about this but it seems something here could be a good idea.
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Originally Posted by nicwalmsley View Post

Can someone clarify this comment, "Like on iOS devices, software will be remotely hosted by Apple. But once applications are installed, they will run locally, like traditional software."

Does this mean anything more than, you download the software from Apple's servers? Or is the Mac App Store a semi-cloud based setup?

As you said first but with the nice touch that it 'knows' you downloaded it like the iPad / iPhone store so if you lose it you can simply purchase again and not be charged if on same Mac (I am guessing here but I suspect this will be the case).
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Too bad the Mac App Store is not available for Leopard. I understand that Apple wants to entice more users to upgrade to Snow Leopard. I wonder how many Snow Leopard units have sold to date.

I would like to see the Apple TV have an app store which can interact using the iphone/touch/ipad in some way. Using the idevice to control what you see on the TV screen ie: games, apps, and whatnot...

I have never seen an Apple TV and how its OS is designed or wether it is very similar to an iOS device. But having these two devices work seamlessly would seem like the next best step. Ideally, what I would like to see is an Apple TV that is built into the TV with the ability to access an app store in line with iOS. Not sure about this but it seems something here could be a good idea.


SL was a very cheap upgrade though so why not install it if your Mac is up to the level that can?

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How is the store accessed? iTunes? Safari?
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Where is the software update to enable this feature?
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Anyone else wish to predict the number of apps available on the Mac App Store on day one?

Mine: 2,842
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How is the store accessed? iTunes? Safari?

The screen shot shows it as a standalone App Store app (although the Dock indicates that nothing is running and doesn't show an App Store icon). Presumably tomorrow you go to Apple.com, there will be a big front page ad, directing you to a place to download the new app and get started.

I'll be very interested to see how this works. One of the awesome things about the iOS App Store is that apps aren't tied to a particular device. I buy an app for $5 or whatever and I can use it on my iPhone and my wife and kid can use it on their iPod touches (same iTunes account). I doubt that will be the case for the Mac OS App Store, but is sure would be nice. Actually, that's how Steam works so maybe it's not so unreasonable, Steam includes checks to make sure you aren't running the same app on multiple devices at the same time.

Update: it's amazing what 8 seconds of "research" can learn ya: "Buy and download. And even redownload. You can install Mac apps on every Mac you use and even download them again. This is especially convenient when you buy a new Mac and want to load it with apps you already own."
http://www.apple.com/mac/app-store/

Sweet
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The screen shot shows it as a standalone App Store app (although the Dock indicates that nothing is running and doesn't show an App Store icon). Presumably tomorrow you go to Apple.com, there will be a big front page ad, directing you to a place to download the new app and get started.

I'll be very interested to see how this works. One of the awesome things about the iOS App Store is that apps aren't tied to a particular device. I buy an app for $5 or whatever and I can use it on my iPhone and my wife and kid can use it on their iPod touches (same iTunes account). I doubt that will be the case for the Mac OS App Store, but is sure would be nice. Actually, that's how Steam works so maybe it's not so unreasonable, Steam includes checks to make sure you aren't running the same app on multiple devices at the same time.

Update: it's amazing what 8 seconds of "research" can learn ya: "Buy and download. And even redownload. You can install Mac apps on every Mac you use and even download them again. This is especially convenient when you buy a new Mac and want to load it with apps you already own."
http://www.apple.com/mac/app-store/

Sweet


I thought this feature was to be included as part of the 10.6.6 update?
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Originally Posted by malax View Post

The screen shot shows it as a standalone App Store app (although the Dock indicates that nothing is running and doesn't show an App Store icon). Presumably tomorrow you go to Apple.com, there will be a big front page ad, directing you to a place to download the new app and get started.

I'll be very interested to see how this works. One of the awesome things about the iOS App Store is that apps aren't tied to a particular device. I buy an app for $5 or whatever and I can use it on my iPhone and my wife and kid can use it on their iPod touches (same iTunes account). I doubt that will be the case for the Mac OS App Store, but is sure would be nice. Actually, that's how Steam works so maybe it's not so unreasonable, Steam includes checks to make sure you aren't running the same app on multiple devices at the same time.

Word has it that it is no different.

Update: I see where you have already answered your own question.
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I thought this feature was to be included as part of the 10.6.6 update?

I can't remember when it wasn't included.
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I remember back when the MB Air was released. People complained about it not having an optical drive because of installing apps. At the time I argued that very few apps are being sold through CD anymore. Only the largest apps. At this point just about all 3rd party apps can be downloaded from the web.

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Originally Posted by Onhka View Post

Anyone else wish to predict the number of apps available on the Mac App Store on day one?

Mine: 2,842

Same numbers. Arranged differently: 8,224
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Originally Posted by malax View Post

The screen shot shows it as a standalone App Store app (although the Dock indicates that nothing is running and doesn't show an App Store icon). Presumably tomorrow you go to Apple.com, there will be a big front page ad, directing you to a place to download the new app and get started.

I'll be very interested to see how this works. One of the awesome things about the iOS App Store is that apps aren't tied to a particular device. I buy an app for $5 or whatever and I can use it on my iPhone and my wife and kid can use it on their iPod touches (same iTunes account). I doubt that will be the case for the Mac OS App Store, but is sure would be nice. Actually, that's how Steam works so maybe it's not so unreasonable, Steam includes checks to make sure you aren't running the same app on multiple devices at the same time.

Update: it's amazing what 8 seconds of "research" can learn ya: "Buy and download. And even redownload. You can install Mac apps on every Mac you use and even download them again. This is especially convenient when you buy a new Mac and want to load it with apps you already own."
http://www.apple.com/mac/app-store/

Sweet

Looks like a new application called "App Store". The link you posted has a big picture of it running on an older Macbook Air (maybe this image is new). It shows the application name in the menubar and the icon of it running in the Dock. The icon is repeated below the image beside the text "Great apps for your Mac. Right on your Mac."
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The Mac App Store is itself an app.

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How is the store accessed? iTunes? Safari?
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SL was a very cheap upgrade though so why not install it if your Mac is up to the level that can? If my old iBook G4 can so just about anything can but sadly not your Apple /// of course

Your iBook G4 can run Leopard, but not Snow Leopard. Snow Leopard is the first Intel only release.
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At first when the App Store was announced I felt indifferent. Now that the idea has had time to sink in, I think it will change Mac Software going forward, for the better. I'm really looking forward to launch tomorrow. Companies like RealMac Software are even lowering some of their prices for the Mac App Store with anticipation of reaching more customers. Every Mac owner can now have access to a huge selection of Apps right from their computer. Lowering prices for software because of a greater reach should benefit all in the end. Looking forward to the future of the Mac and now with the App Store, this should be great!
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The Mac App Store is itself an app.

So it's an 'app app'
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Your iBook G4 can run Leopard, but not Snow Leopard. Snow Leopard is the first Intel only release.

Oh yes, that's right ... my bad. How time flies, I had the same conversation it seems days ago about why upgrade to Leo and got mixed up,
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So it's an 'app app'


I hope we don't need an App Store Downloader App...
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Too bad the Mac App Store is not available for Leopard. I understand that Apple wants to entice more users to upgrade to Snow Leopard. I wonder how many Snow Leopard units have sold to date.

At least early on, so I suspect for its lifetime on the market, Snow Leopard vastly outsold Leopard. I don't have the numbers handy, but Snow Leopard is far ahead. I do know that in its first two weeks on the market, SL sold twice as many copes as Leopard did in its first two weeks, and the combined total for Leopard and Tiger's first two weeks was also outsold by Leopard.

Besides, it's not surprising the Mac App Store isn't available for Leopard, Apple doesn't want the store to have to contain Universal Binaries or Apps that need Rosetta (Which are explicitly banned). Nice, clean and Intel-only.
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I hope we don't need an App Store Downloader App...

We do, but it's called Software Update, so we already have it

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post #33 of 62
I like the idea of being able to buy only those iLife and Oslo apps that you need. For example, I don't use iWeb at all, and if I can save a few bucks not buying it it's a good thing, even if combined they cost the same as the cd version. I am exited to see new smaller developers offering reasonable priced apps at the store and will definitely check it out. My only concern is apple making this a mandatory way of installing things on the Mac. That would be terrible.
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post #34 of 62
What would be nice round about Thursday is new Sandy Bridge Macbook Pros without optical drives to go with this new App Store.
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The Mac App Store is itself an app.

Ahhhh, I see now: very cool!
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I like the idea of being able to buy only those iLife and Oslo apps that you need. For example, I don't use iWeb at all, and if I can save a few bucks not buying it it's a good thing, even if combined they cost the same as the cd version. I am exited to see new smaller developers offering reasonable priced apps at the store and will definitely check it out. My only concern is apple making this a mandatory way of installing things on the Mac. That would be terrible.

You have read, heard or seen something that Apple wrote, said or showed that implied, indicated or declared they would?
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Much anticipated by who? What a crock lede.
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I guess my biggest concern now is isolated libraries of iOS and MacOS apps which aren't compatible on the other's hardware.

I've started to amass quite a few iPad apps. Some of them I'd love to run on MacOS. I've also been realizing that I really did need a MacOS portable with touchscreen functionality. While I love the iPad, it *is* a big iPod and it *does* have limitations.

I will be interested to see how these technologies converge in the coming years. Lion seems to already be a step in that direction.
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I thought this feature was to be included as part of the 10.6.6 update?

Not from anything Apple has said.

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I can't remember when it wasn't included.

Given that it hasn't ever been stated to be included, I can't remember when it was.

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Every Mac owner can now have access to a huge selection of Apps right from their computer

As opposed to all the boxes of Mac applications in stores. We've had to use the Internet to find apps for the past decade, so it's no different.

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Much anticipated by who? What a crock lede.

Not sure what a lede is, but it's anticipated.

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I guess my biggest concern now is isolated libraries of iOS and MacOS apps which aren't compatible on the other's hardware.

So you're concerned about the situation remaining exactly the same.

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