updated 01:20 am EDT, Thu November 4, 2010
Expected to open for business within 90 days
Apple has sent an email out to registered developers today saying it is now accepting submissions for the Mac App Store as referenced at the Back to the Mac event on October 20th. In his presentation, Apple CEO Steve Jobs promised developers they could submit their apps in early November, and that the store would be live "within 90 days."
The email says, in part, "The Mac App Store will be opening soon. You can get ready by submitting your Mac apps for review now. Log in to the Mac Dev Center for details on setting up an iTunes Connect account, creating Apple-issued Mac Distribution Certificates, and preparing your apps for the review process." Originally intended to be part of the features of Mac OS X 10.7 "Lion," Apple decided to make it available to Snow Leopard users ahead of Lion's expected Summer 2011 release.
"Reach Mac users around the world by distributing your apps on the Mac App Store," the e-mail continues. "The Mac App Store makes it easy for users to explore, purchase, and download apps directly on their Mac."
The Mac App developer program is separate from the iOS developer program, but costs the same -- $99 per year -- and has similar submission and approval policies.