Apple just announced that the Mac App Store is now open for business with more than 1,000 free and paid apps. The Mac App Store brings the revolutionary App Store experience to the Mac, so you can find great new apps, buy them using your iTunes account, download and install them in just one step. The Mac App Store is available for Snow Leopard users through Software Update as part of Mac OS® X v10.6.6.
Folks who own an iPod, iPhone, or iPad are already familiar with the concept of the App store, but for Mac users this is a whole new world. Traditionally, applications for Mac have been on the expensive side but the Mac App Store will probably change that pretty drastically. While most people agree that the bigger things like Photoshop and Final Cut Pro will still be pretty expensive for the most part, Mac users should start to see a sharp drop in prices quickly. Some traditional Mac developers are shrugging this off by saying that the majority of these apps are just amateur hour and folks will pay for the quality off their applications. I think that’s a bad assumption to make because some may be just kid stuff, there are some serious developers now developing for the Mac App Store and they make excellent applications. These new wave of developers are much more focused on quantity than their predecessor’s because they have learned that even if your application only cost $0.99, if you sell five million downloads that still quite a lot of money you have made. On the whole I think that the quality of applications on the Mac App Store will be high and either devs will adjust their prices to be competitive or they will go the way of the dinosaur. Apple is making a major push to bring down the overall cost of Mac apps by pricing several of their apps such as its iLife 11 suite at $14.99. Pages, Keynote, Numbers from iWorks are available for $19.99 each and Apple’s own powerful photo editing software Aperture is only $79.99.
Today marks a whole new world for Mac owners and developers. But like Darwin said, adapt or die. To get the Mac App Store, download the Mac OS X v10.6.6 Software Update or visit www.apple.com/mac/app-store.