The Mac OS X 10.6.6 update is 114.8MB and is recommended for all users running Mac OS X Snow Leopard. It includes general operating system fixes that enhance the stability, compatibility, and security of Snow Leopard.
The update also includes the much-anticipated Mac App Store, which Apple has touted as the best way to discover and buy new apps for the Mac. The Mac App Store, is a new application users will find in the Dock, and it includes the following features:
Discover Mac apps: Browse featured apps, top charts, and categories, or search for something specific. Read detailed app descriptions and user reviews, and flip through screen shots.
Buy and install: Easily purchase apps with your iTunes account. Apps install in one step and are quickly available from the Dock.
App updates: The Mac App Store keeps track of all your purchased apps and notifies you when free updates are available.
The Mac App Store brings the App Store experience to the Mac, allowing users to find great new apps, buy them using their iTunes account, download and install them in just one step. The Mac App Store is available for Snow Leopard users through Software Update as part of Mac OS X v10.6.6.
"With more than 1,000 apps, the Mac App Store is off to a great start," said Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs said. "We think users are going to love this innovative new way to discover and buy their favorite apps."
The Mac App Store offers apps in Education, Games, Graphics & Design, Lifestyle, Productivity, Utilities and other categories. Users can browse new and noteworthy apps, find out whats hot, see staff favorites, search categories and look up top charts for paid and free apps, as well as user ratings and reviews.
Entirely new apps, as well as current Mac favorites, are available from developers such as Autodesk, Ancestry.com and Boinx. iPhoto, iMovie and GarageBand apps from Apples popular iLife 11 suite are available individually in the Mac App Store for $14.99 each, and Pages, Keynote and Numbers apps from iWork are available for $19.99 each. Aperture 3, Apples powerful photo editing and management software, is available for $79.99.
"Were 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, Autodesks CEO. "Weve seen tremendous success on the Mac, iPhone and iPad with multiple apps. Were 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."
"By offering the Ancestry.com Family Tree Maker app on the Mac App Store, were making it even easier for people to discover and access their family history," said Tim Sullivan, Ancestry.coms CEO. "The Mac App Store will drive a new generation of innovation on the Mac platform."
"Were thrilled to have our award-winning animation, video production and photography software available on the new Mac App Store," said Oliver Breidenbach, Boinx Softwares CEO. "The Mac App Store makes it easier than ever for consumers to access all the innovative software designed for the Mac."
The store opening came before 9 a.m. Eastern time on Thursday, more than three hours earlier than was reported in a rumor on Wednesday. Apple had already announced in December that the Mac App Store would launch Jan. 6 in 90 countries.
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.