updated 09:15 pm EST, Wed November 17, 2010
More details emerge regarding Mac App Store
Kevin Walzer of Code by Kevin has sent an open letter to registered users of the applications he has developed, describing some of the changes the new Mac App Store will impose. The open letter is a request for feedback on the changes, along with opinions regarding Walzer's choice to develop for the store or not. From the customer's standpoint there will be no more 'try before you buy' offers, as demos will not be allowed. There will be no upgrade path outside of the App Store -- customers will have to pay full price for a new version of an app on the Mac App Store, even though they own an older version of the software bought outside the App Store.
For developers, the new store means changing code 'under the hood' to meet App Store guidelines. Walzer poses questions asking if upgrade paths and demo opportunities are important to the customer, and also asks how often the customer is likely to buy apps from the new Mac App Store.
Language in the new App Store has been called too vague by developers. The Mac App Store is expected to launch around the Christmas holiday, as Apple CEO Steve Jobs promised a launch within 90 days at the October 20 Back to the Mac event.