updated 09:40 am EST, Thu January 6, 2011
Launch lineup includes over 1,000 titles
Apple has at last launched the Mac App Store, making the platform accessible via the Mac OS X 10.6.6 update. Over 1,000 titles are available so far, including individual programs in Apple's iLife '11 suite, which cost $15 apiece. Programs in the iWork suite are more expensive despite the lack of a recent update, tagged at $20 each. Buying Aperture 3 costs $80.
Some of the third-party titles available include Pixelmator, Flight Control HD and Autodesk Sketchbook Pro. The Mac App Store operates as separate client application in Snow Leopard, but with advantages such as integrated update notifications, and a simpler installation scheme. There are some downsides for developers however, such as content restrictions and a ban on demos and betas.