Apple has announced that the Mac App Store will be open for business on Thursday, January 6. It will be available in 90 countries at launch with both free and paid apps in different categories including the ones that iOS App Store has and then some more.
“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.”
Even though an email reply from Steve Jobs earlier in April this year made it seem like there wont be any App Store coming to the Mac, the Mac App Store was announced at a special Back to the Mac event in October 2010. Apple had said that it’ll be available for Snow Leopard within 90 days. Apple had started accepting app submissions in November. The Mac App Store will be the best place to discover apps for OS X. Like iOS, it will offer one click downloads. Developers will get the same 70/30 revenue share split between them and Apple. The installation of apps will be seamless and automatic updates will be available. All purchased apps will be available for all Macs owned by the user.
Mac App Store will be available through a software update on January 6. Will it revolutionize computing like the iOS App Store revolutionized hand held computing? Only time will tell.