Steve Jobs: Mac OS X 10.7 will not feature an iPhone-like App Store requiring app approvals

Apple Online Store“The greatest strength of Apple and its iPhone has always been the availability of nearly 200,000 apps in the iTunes App Store,” Skipper Eye reports for Redmond Pie. “No other phone manufacturer has so far been able to match the success that iPhone’s App Store has got. This amazing success of the App Store has led to people wondering if Apple would bring such a business model to its OS X platform as well.”

“There were rumors flying around that one of the highlights of the upcoming OS X 10.7 would be an iTunes like App Store for Mac, which would need Apple’s approval, and would be one conveniently place to find and buy softwares while Apple will take care of all the security,” Eye reports. “A Mac developer Fernando Valente wrote to CEO Steve Jobs for clarification in this regard.”

Eye reports, “As usual, Jobs reply was short; saying ‘Nope’ to all such rumors.”

Full article here.


  1. Just a package manager (just like all the *nix distros use) That being said i`m glad they didn`t go this route but in all honesty iphone/ipod touch users (and now ipad users) have been using a package manager for 2+ years called the Itunes App Store.

  2. Anybody who actually knows Apple’s business model would have never believed this “rumors”, which weren’t rumors at all but deliberate misinformation put out there by people who want Apple’s stock price to plummet.


  3. Steve’s Answer:

    You seem pretty angry for some reason. You need to keep in mind that the iPad is> a computer, just like a Mac Mini, or a MacBook Air. Compared to the rest of the Mac line, iPad has fewer clock cycles on the CPU and a bit less RAM, but not by much; it significantly outperforms Macs of only 7 years ago, and let’s not forget, we had Final Cut Pro, Premiere, Illustrator, Photoshop and similar running on those.

    There is no reason a device such as iPad couldn’t run professional apps. And this is exactly the litmus test. Developers will develop/port their flagship heavy-lifting apps to the iPad, since the demand will soon be there. Once that is done, next batch of touch-screen hardware from Apple will be with larger screens and much less mobility.

    Apple’s desktop business is a major revenue generator. It will continue to be exactly that. Apple’s primary goal is to consolidate OS X into a single flavour, a touch-screen UI, consistent across all of their platforms, with the possible exception of very small iPods (such as the iPod nano). I have no doubt that the future iMacs (and by the future, I mean no more than 5 years from now) will be sold without mice and keyboards. Should anyone need a keyboard, it will likely be available as an option, but the touch-screen iMac will be more than enough for vast majority of users.

  4. And for the “get off my lawn!!” type of crowd (“no greasy fingers on MY screen!”), there may even be an optional touch-pad sold on the side. The point is, a flat-lying large-screen iMac (perhaps propped up slightly) will become the dominant desktop computer for most of the heavy lifting done today (with the heaviest-demanding users likely done by some version of the Mac Pro connected to a touch-screen Studio Display). I don’t doubt that Apple will develop multi-touch algorithms to detect the difference between finger(s) touching and palms/wrists/arms resting on the display. The user interface will finally be logical and intuitive.

  5. @ron
    I was talking about the MDN app. It is having problems loading articles I select. It also loaded an article I did not select. The app has froze several times. I had no problems with the iPhone app. I am using FiOS with a N (Airport) router, the problem is not the connection.

    I do like the article list on the side, and that a link appears in a pop up window. The layout is great, however it is not loading well.

  6. After reading the original article that appeared here days ago, I came away thinking that Apple will standardize the credibility, integrity, and validation, of all applications that are developed for OS X, suddenly the fear mongers are using this information to distort the truth.

    Why do these people hate America?

    My guess is, this bullshit is generated by those whose historical perspective of Apple began with the introduction of the iPhone and have yet to discover Macintosh.

    Without the benefit of historical perspective, the fear mongers find it easy to make shit up and the readership finds it easy to believe.

    Life’s like that, most of us go through life at an even, serene pace, while the rest go around screaming like little pussies who don’t know jack, about the world around them.

    Get a grip and grow up!


  7. There are lies, damned lies and then there’s Microsoft. My hunch is that there’s panic in Detroit (or in this case, in a conference room in Redmond), chairs are flying and FUD is the best thing they can come up with.

    I smelled BS when I read the original rumors. What’s rotten about the InterTubes is that rumors quickly become regarded as facts. They start as seeded lies from Microsoft PR on blogs, get passed along and amplified by pundits and then get picked up by the wire services and financial news media. What starts in the morning becomes a full-blown lie by noon.

    This is why they invented firing squads, yes?

  8. I’ve heard that every time 10.7 is installed, a “dirty-yield” nuclear missile will be aimed at either a field of baby seals or a developer conference (whichever offends you more).

  9. Actually I would welcome the creation of a Mac app store, as long as it was not the only source for software. Giving developers a choice is always a good thing.

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