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Mac App Store to launch on January 6th

updated 09:05 am EST, Thu December 16, 2010

Over 90 countries to start with

The Mac App Store will launch on January 6th, says Apple. "The App Store revolutionized mobile apps," reads a prepared statement from CEO Steve Jobs. "We hope to do the same for PC apps with the Mac App Store by making finding and buying PC apps easy and fun. We can't wait to get started on January 6."

The platform should initially be available in 90 countries, and like the iOS App Store have a mix of free and paid apps. Some categories will include Education, Games, Graphics & Design, Lifestyle, Productivity and Utilities. Any updates to programs will also be distributed through the Mac App Store; the store client itself will be available through Snow Leopard's Software Update function.

As previously announced, while developers will get to set prices, Apple is claiming 30 percent of any revenue. Moreover, no demos or betas are being allowed. The Mac App Store is however technically optional for Mac developers, unlike the iOS equivalent.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Double_UK

    Joined: Dec 1969


    PC apps?

    ""We hope to do the same for PC apps with the Mac App Store by making finding and buying PC apps easy and fun."

    Smart move, Steve.
    Confiscating the PC moniker as another word for a Mac.

  1. Feathers

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Personal Computer

    Of course it was Apple's own marketing strategy that originally suggested that there were Macs and PC's. Guess they forgot what PC stood for.

  1. Salty

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I also found that rather jarring. I don't get why they didn't just say Mac apps. It seems a little weird considering they still use the term PC to denote non-Macs on their site. Or is the Mac app store going to somehow end up on Windows? haha... hope not.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    The Mac is a PC? The Mac App Store is going to sell Windows Apps?

    Maybe this means that the Mac/PC ad was actually a PC/PC ad?

    How exactly does a company so keyed on image and what is said allow such a release to go out, which does nothing except confuse pretty much every computer user?

  1. CarlRJ

    Joined: Dec 1969



    The term "PC", for a Personal Computer, was around long before either the original IBM PC or the Mac. Quite a few of us were somewhat astonished (as in, "they did *what*?") when IBM named their new computer for individual use, "the Personal Computer" - it seemed rather presumptuous and created confusion. Kinda like if, say, Toyota came out with a new motorized personal conveyance, and named it, "the Car".

    I, too, find the use a little surprising, in this day and age (and given the successful run of "Mac vs. PC" ads), but there is precedent for this.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: Actually

    Yes, we know that, Carl. But the term has morphed over the years to indicate a Windows-based computer. Thus the Mac/PC ads. You would NEVER hear a Mac user say "Check out my PC. It's an iMac!". Or, if they did, it would be in the vein of "See, it runs Windows!".

  1. Cronocide

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Good Thing I Read the Comments

    I honestly thought they were going to distribute PC apps as well.

    You had me going for awhile there, Steve!

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