Apple releases Mac OS X 10.6.6 with Mac App Store

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in macOS edited January 2014
Apple Thursday morning released update Mac OS X 10.6.6 for Snow Leopard, bringing the new Mac App Store, along with the usual bug and security fixes.



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 what?s 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 Apple?s 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, Apple?s powerful photo editing and management software, is available for $79.99.



"We?re 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, Autodesk?s CEO. "We?ve seen tremendous success on the Mac, iPhone and iPad with multiple apps. We?re 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, we?re making it even easier for people to discover and access their family history," said Tim Sullivan, Ancestry.com?s CEO. "The Mac App Store will drive a new generation of innovation on the Mac platform."



"We?re thrilled to have our award-winning animation, video production and photography software available on the new Mac App Store," said Oliver Breidenbach, Boinx Software?s 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.
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  • Reply 1 of 251
    onhkaonhka Posts: 1,025member
    Installing now.



    New Mac App site: http://www.apple.com/mac/app-store/
  • Reply 2 of 251
    Installed and fully operational.





    NO NEW IWORK 11. Just the old one.
  • Reply 3 of 251
    Aperture 3 is just 79.99? The box copy is 199.99. I wonder if this is a promotional price or the new permanent price...
  • Reply 4 of 251
    Like IOS app store can the same appleid buy software for multiple devices ?

    For example can my wife and I use one appleid to buy a copy of iphoto ( $14.99 ) and download it on both computers ?
  • Reply 5 of 251
    john.bjohn.b Posts: 2,740member
    Queue the "walled garden" complaints in 3... 2... 1...
  • Reply 6 of 251
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by gauravchak View Post


    Like IOS app store can the same appleid buy software for multiple devices ?

    For example can my wife and I use one appleid to buy a copy of iphoto ( $14.99 ) and download it on both computers ?



    Yep. From the Apple web site:



    Buy, download, and even

    redownload.

    You can install 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.
  • Reply 7 of 251
    Combo Update? Anybody has a link for me? Couldn't find anything in Apple Download Section.



    Oh, and where is iWork '11? I thought this was their showcase app. Update needed. iWork is nice but very incomplete compared to MS Office 2011. If I don't get iWork '11 i'll go back to MS Office. The 2011 version is pretty good.
  • Reply 8 of 251
    onhkaonhka Posts: 1,025member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by gauravchak View Post


    Like IOS app store can the same appleid buy software for multiple devices ?

    For example can my wife and I use one appleid to buy a copy of iphoto ( $14.99 ) and download it on both computers ?



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by mjyergin View Post


    Yep. From the Apple web site:



    Buy, download, and even

    redownload.

    You can install 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.



    And if you are traveling internationally, you may want to pick up a Apple App gift card to purchase or get free apps not available in your region.



    Looks like the U.S. store has the greatest selection. Uses the same iTunes Store accounts.



    Select app. Purchase. Downloads and install automatically and is really fast.



    Update: Selected a product. Clicked the developer's site and voila. Free trial. Not all mind you.



    There is even a quick link to the app's support page.
  • Reply 9 of 251
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by webpoet73 View Post


    Aperture 3 is just 79.99? The box copy is 199.99. I wonder if this is a promotional price or the new permanent price...



    That's a steal.
  • Reply 10 of 251
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by weckbeckheck View Post


    Combo Update? Anybody has a link for me? Couldn't find anything in Apple Download Section.



    Not seeing anything in Software Update here.
  • Reply 11 of 251
    tomohrtomohr Posts: 60member
    ugh, why do I have to be at work
  • Reply 12 of 251
    j1h15233j1h15233 Posts: 274member
    If Microsoft doesn't get their Office suite into the Mac App Store, I may be persuaded to buy iWork instead. I'd much prefer the ease of the app store for updates and downloading, not to mention the price is so much cheaper.



    Of course, now they need to update the Macbook Pro line again so I can buy a new one!
  • Reply 13 of 251
    ronboronbo Posts: 669member
    iWork 09... I'm unhappy about that. Perhaps the new version is being held back for OS X Lion, but I think they need to say something to assuage the inevitable frustrations.



    Otherwise, I'm pretty happy.



    Interestingly, it lists Page as "installed", but it doesn't list TextWrangler as installed. Granted that's a free app. But it would be nice for the system to recognize other vendor's apps as having been installed. Probably because the App Store can only recognize its own type of DRM? That would make sense. Recognizing the existence of an app that has "dubious providence" would open the door too widely to fake installations & piracy to trick the app store into saying "You have a new update."
  • Reply 14 of 251
    kavokkavok Posts: 51member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by johnwhite1000 View Post


    Installed and fully operational.





    NO NEW IWORK 11. Just the old one.



    I'm confused because the App Store says that iWork is the '09 version, but the release date says January 03, 2011.



    Also the App store doesn't recognize that I already have iWork installed, while it recognizes other software on my iMac... Which lends the idea that it IS iWork '11 and not iWork '09.



    Anyone know which way it REALLY is?
  • Reply 15 of 251
    quadra 610quadra 610 Posts: 6,756member
    Apple is so far ahead with the next-gen "computing" paradigm that I just feel sad for the competition now.



    An App Store for Macs via a separate, dedicated app?



    Brilliant.



    Grabbed Stuffit Expander just for kicks. Then Angry Birds.



    Easiest and most convenient thing to do. The Mac App Store should have happened long ago.
  • Reply 16 of 251
    ronboronbo Posts: 669member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by tonygoodchild View Post


    Not seeing anything in Software Update here.



    If you're looking for the App Store in the update, it's not present, as such.



    Install 10.6.6, then look in the black Apple Menu up top, just under "Software Update...", you'll see "App Store..."
  • Reply 17 of 251
    welshdogwelshdog Posts: 1,765member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by weckbeckheck View Post


    Combo Update? Anybody has a link for me? Couldn't find anything in Apple Download Section.



    http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1343
  • Reply 18 of 251
    macrulezmacrulez Posts: 2,455member


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  • Reply 19 of 251
    wonderwonder Posts: 229member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Kavok View Post


    I'm confused because the App Store says that iWork is the '09 version, but the release date says January 03, 2011.



    Also the App store doesn't recognize that I already have iWork installed, while it recognizes other software on my iMac... Which lends the idea that it IS iWork '11 and not iWork '09.



    Anyone know which way it REALLY is?



    Do you have the latest updates that were released this week?
  • Reply 20 of 251
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Ronbo View Post


    If you're looking for the App Store in the update, it's not present, as such.



    Install 10.6.6, then look in the black Apple Menu up top, just under "Software Update...", you'll see "App Store..."



    Just not seeing the 10.6.6 update at all in Software update, Found it directly on Apple support pages now.

    http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1343
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