Apple to Open Mac App Store’s Doors on Jan. 6

Apple plans to launch its

Mac App Store, which will offer full-screen apps for the company’s PCs, Jan. 6.

The storefront will operate in a manner similar to Apple’s App Store for mobile

devices, allowing users to purchase and download apps in one click.

While supported by Snow Leopard, the current version of

Apple’s Mac OS X, the Mac App Store will prove an integral part of the

company’s upcoming Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, reportedly due in summer 2011. In

addition to the Mac App Store, Lion will include LaunchPad, an apps

home-screen, and Mission Control, which unifies Expose, Dashboard, Spaces, and

full-screen apps into a single viewpoint. In a research note following Lion’s

Oct. 20 unveiling, Jefferies & Co. analyst Peter Misek termed the Mac App

Store “the single biggest takeaway” from the event.

Apple almost certainly hopes that the Mac App Store will

replicate the success of its mobile App Store, which features hundreds of

thousands of apps from a galaxy of developers large and small. The App Store’s

size dwarfs similar offerings from Google and Microsoft, which have both made

their own app ecosystems a focus of their mobile platforms.

For more, read the eWeek article: Apple’s Mac App Store Will Launch Jan. 6.

CIO Insight Staff
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