Several reports over the weekend have suggested that Apple’s new App Store planned for the Mac will open on December 13th, just in time for the Christmas shopping rush. According to AppleTell Apple informed developers that they should have their applications ready for launch by December 6th, well before the estimated January release date.
AppleTell’s unnamed source claims that Apple CEO Steve Jobs is the man pushing for an early Mac App Store release, and even planned for it to be open sooner than the 6th of this month. The report indicates:
That obviously didn’t happen, but Apple appears to be way ahead of schedule on the Mac App Store nonetheless, and looks to take advantage of the Christmas rush. It’s not a bad idea, of course.
When it was officially announced at Apple’s media conference in October, Jobs said the Mac App Store would launch within 90 days, giving the company until late January to deliver its digital software store. Apple then released the second beta of Mac OS X 10.6.6 last week, which introduces support for the service.
Touch Reviews reported back in November on the possibility of Apple holding a media conference within the next few days to announce a new subscription service for magazines and newspapers on the iPad. [Apple to Announce iPad Magazine & Newspaper Subscription Model at December Event?] It is believed that the opening of the Mac App Store could also be announced at this event.
We’ll keep you updated on Mac App Store progressions and let you know as soon as it’s available. In the meantime, what are your thoughts on Apple’s new service? Will it be as successful as the iOS App Store, or do you think it will be a flop? Let us know in the comments!