Apple to launch Mac App Store next week, says report
Company has until January to meet Steve Jobs' deadline
Computerworld - Apple will launch its Mac App Store next week, according to a blog that cited an "inside source" at the company.
In a Monday post, Appletell said that Apple, which had originally planned to open the Mac cousin to its popular App Store for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch today, will instead debut the online mart Dec. 13.
Apple CEO Steve Jobs announced the Mac App Store during a press event Oct. 20, saying then that the store would launch "within 90 days," which would put the last-possible debut date in the second half of January 2011.
Analysts have described Apple's new App Store as "disruptive" to the traditional software channel, which relies on retail and online sales. Many Mac developers sell their wares directly to customers via the Internet.
In October, Jobs said that Apple would take a 30% cut of all revenues in the new store, the same percentage it collects from software makers who sell products in the current iOS App Store.
The Mac App Store page on Apple's site simply says the e-market is "coming soon."
Although the launch may be imminent, Apple has continued to post App Store information for developers. Last Thursday, for instance, the company informed developers that beta, demo and trial versions of their software would not be allowed into the App Store, telling them, "The apps you submit to be reviewed for the Mac App Store should be fully functional, retail versions."
Apple's rules also apparently bar some retail software from the Mac App Store.
Bjango, for example, has said that its iStat Menus, a popular system diagnostic utility that displays CPU and memory usage, network and disk activity, interior temperatures and more, will not be allowed in Apple's online store.
"At this point, it seems to break a lot of the rules," Bjango said on its Twitter account two weeks ago in response to a customer's question about iStat Menus. "So no Mac App Store version."
Gregg Keizer covers Microsoft, security issues, Apple, Web browsers and general technology breaking news for Computerworld. Follow Gregg on Twitter at @gkeizer or subscribe to Gregg's RSS feed . His e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mac App Store
- Apple's Mac App Store has piracy vulnerability
- Apple opens Mac App Store, discounts own software
- Devs nervous about Apple's new Mac App Store
- Apple to drop app downloads from site next month
- QuickPoll: Will the Mac App Store revolutionize desktop apps?
- Apple to launch Mac App Store next week, says report
- Mac App Store 'disruptive,' say experts
Read more about App Development in Computerworld's App Development Topic Center.
- Deep Security +VMware vSphere with Operations Management Most midsize organizations are highly virtualized on VMware, and while this has produced significant savings, it also has created new challenges when it...
- Single-Vendor Security Ecosystems Offer Concrete Benefits Over Point Solutions IT security decision-makers from companies with 100 to 5,000 employees evaluates the current endpoint security solution market based on Forrester's own market data,...
- Best Practices for Security and Compliance with Amazon Web Services This paper will discuss what part of the shared responsibility equation customers are responsible for and what some of the recommended security practices...
- Case Study: Intuit Turns to Self-Service IT Intuit empowered its users to resolve their own IT issues with a consumer-like experience to free IT to focus on more strategic initiatives....
- Business-driven data protection Setting up data protection infrastructures with your organizations' core mission or business in mind is key. In this webinar, the ARCserve team will...
- On-Demand Webinar: Mind the Gap! Watch the webinar featuring Bob Janssen, CTO and Co-Founder of RES Software, to start building a solid foundation for business and IT to... All Mac OS X White Papers | Webcasts