Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) has confirmed officially that the Mac App Store (which Steve Jobs described as doing for “PC” apps what they did for mobile apps) will open in 90 countries in the first week of January 2011.
Just like the iOS App Store it will feature both free and paid apps. Developers have been told that they have until December the 31st to get their creations submitted to the Mac App Store to take full advantage of its “Grand Opening”.
It will be an interesting few months for those of us who have wanted to see the Apple eco-system in general get more loving from game developers. And whilst there are some concerns about limitations Apple has placed on the Mac App Store, and the possibility of another “race to the bottom” with app pricing – which I’ve opined before is a bad thing for developers and consumers alike, overall this should be seen as an exciting time for the Macintosh entertainment industry, and also perhaps the already quite vibrant widget and utility app industry based around OS X.
Expect a lot of successful iOS apps to be ported to the Mac. Expect a lot of chaff. But also expect to see a lot of previously “iOS only” developers (as well as new Indies) get to spread their wings a bit more with their creativity, and get some much needed exposure.
Oh, and also expect to see Apple to start packaging its software digitally in future.
Here is the meat of the Press Release from Apple :
CUPERTINO, California—December 16, 2010—Apple® today announced that the Mac® App Store℠ will open for business on Thursday, January 6. By bringing the revolutionary App Store experience to Mac OS® X, the Mac App Store makes discovering, installing and updating Mac apps easier than ever. The Mac App Store will be available in 90 countries at launch and will feature paid and free apps in categories like Education, Games, Graphics & Design, Lifestyle, Productivity and Utilities.
“The App Store revolutionized mobile apps,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “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 Mac App Store lets you browse new and noteworthy apps, find out what’s hot, view staff favorites, search categories and read customer ratings and reviews. Like on iPhone®, iPod touch® and iPad™, you can purchase, download and install apps in just one click and start using them immediately. Purchased apps can run on all of your personal Macs and updates are delivered directly through the Mac App Store so it’s easy to keep all of your apps up to date. The Mac App Store is available to Mac OS X Snow Leopard® users as a free download through Software Update.
Mac developers set the price for their apps, keep 70 percent of the sales revenue, are not charged for free apps and do not have to pay hosting, marketing or credit card fees. To find out more about developing for the Mac App Store visit developer.apple.com/programs/mac.
Excited about the Mac App Store? Or is it a bit of a “Meh” moment for you? Have your say in the comments…