The much anticipated Mac App Store will open for business on 6 January.
alongside Apple's OS X Lion operating system, the idea is basically to transfer the success of the App Store on devices such as the iPhone and iPad to the OS X platform.
Mac apps will basically be little bits of software for your Mac that you can download quickly and update using the Mac App Store software.
Macs aren't a closed system like iOS devices, and you can already install any Mac-compatible software you wish, but the idea is to build a central repository for interesting and popular programs. The Mac App Store will be available in 90 countries.
The price developers pay for getting their apps shown off in a high-profile ecosystem is that Apple takes 30 per cent of each sale, just like in the iOS App Store. Apps will also be subject to the.
When it launches on 6 January, the Mac App Store will be available to Mac OS X Snow Leopard users as a free download through a software update.
Interestingly, it looks like-- the entirely unofficial Mac App store for jailbreak apps -- will be up and running before Apple's official store goes live. Mac Cydia could prove a helpful repository for those apps that don't make it past the approval process.
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