What’s the meaning of Apple’s App Store for Mac?

Apple Online Store“Is Apple ratcheting up its patented control freakery, which it’s used to lock down its line of mobile devices, to the desktop and laptop? It seems so. This time, however, it’s doing so in a way that shows at least some respect for the idea that people should be able to do what they wish with what they’ve bought,” Dan Gillmor writes for Salon.

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Gillmor continues, “It won’t be the only app store for the Mac, Jobs said, just the best one. If it becomes the default method by which people get Mac software, however, that’s ultimately not good news… The issue is that [Apple] insists on the right to tell developers what can run on Apple computers (and the handheld devices are computers) even as it makes their lives potentially better.”

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“But more important even than developers’ wishes are what Apple customers are allowed to do with machines for which they’ve paid a relative arm and leg,” Gillmor writes. “For now, the fact that developers will be able to write what they want and sell it via other channels is good enough. Let’s hope that alternative channels remain ‘allowed’ for as long as the Mac is sold… I fear that Apple will use the inroads it makes with the Mac App Store to further restrict what users of future Macs can do. It couldn’t retroactively lock down Macs the way it’s locked down the iOS devices, not without creating a firestorm. But it could someday decide to sell only iOS machines, or declare that new machines running some future Mac OS — not next summer’s Mac OSX “Lion” version, apparently — would work only under the same principles. I believe this is the endgame, but I’m hoping for the best.”

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107 Comments

  1. Mac App Store will be great for a lot of applications, but I’m sure that there will always be developers who avoid it because they want to sell you a license for each machine. They could easily make this accessible and extensible like they did with the iOS system, and allow businesses to provision and maintain their Macs the same way.

  2. Mac App Store will be great for a lot of applications, but I’m sure that there will always be developers who avoid it because they want to sell you a license for each machine. They could easily make this accessible and extensible like they did with the iOS system, and allow businesses to provision and maintain their Macs the same way.

  3. This idea is dumb; did he even listen to what Steve said? The only serious difference between the Mac App store and that list of Mac apps Apple used to maintain is this will have a convenient “Buy” button on the screen.

    Also, as for the iPhone, you can install any app you want on your own phone. Just get a dev cert, compile, and go. This is a lot like side loading apps on Android.

  4. This idea is dumb; did he even listen to what Steve said? The only serious difference between the Mac App store and that list of Mac apps Apple used to maintain is this will have a convenient “Buy” button on the screen.

    Also, as for the iPhone, you can install any app you want on your own phone. Just get a dev cert, compile, and go. This is a lot like side loading apps on Android.

  5. In the words of the brainless author: “I fear….”

    That about sums it up…

    First of all, just like there are exclusive iPhone Apps and exclusive iPad Apps, in the App store, there will be exclusive Mac Apps.

    Most Mac Apps have always been available for download on Version Tracker and as such have been offered at the user’s own discretion, choice and risk, without Apple’s intervention or vetting, ( regardless of whether they are well written fully code compliant or apt to crashing…) Apple does not approve or disapprove them.

    There’s no reason to think that Apple will change that preference for Mac Apps, now that the App store will expand and streamline all Apple Apps in a new App Store format for convenient centralized availability. There will probably be some Apps that can be shared across multiple devices and to that extent, Apple will probably continue it’s current approval process, which as MDN points out :

    MacDailyNews Take: One man’s “lock down” is blissful satisfaction for millions. Is it perfect? No. Nothing is. It’s just unbelievably better than any other mobile computing platform ever conceived

    The author’s fear is either unthought paranoia, or FUD stirring…

    The Mac App Store will be a money printing press for Apple and Developers and a boon for Mac users.

    A Killer App – The Mac App Store.

  6. In the words of the brainless author: “I fear….”

    That about sums it up…

    First of all, just like there are exclusive iPhone Apps and exclusive iPad Apps, in the App store, there will be exclusive Mac Apps.

    Most Mac Apps have always been available for download on Version Tracker and as such have been offered at the user’s own discretion, choice and risk, without Apple’s intervention or vetting, ( regardless of whether they are well written fully code compliant or apt to crashing…) Apple does not approve or disapprove them.

    There’s no reason to think that Apple will change that preference for Mac Apps, now that the App store will expand and streamline all Apple Apps in a new App Store format for convenient centralized availability. There will probably be some Apps that can be shared across multiple devices and to that extent, Apple will probably continue it’s current approval process, which as MDN points out :

    MacDailyNews Take: One man’s “lock down” is blissful satisfaction for millions. Is it perfect? No. Nothing is. It’s just unbelievably better than any other mobile computing platform ever conceived

    The author’s fear is either unthought paranoia, or FUD stirring…

    The Mac App Store will be a money printing press for Apple and Developers and a boon for Mac users.

    A Killer App – The Mac App Store.

  7. I’m just happy when I can easily download an app and be sure it’s no malware. I like it when I don’t have to go to a shop and buy some DVD. And I like it when I don’t have to search my credit card to buy an app. And if I don’t like the app, I want to get it away from my computer easily, without any hidden folders left on the hd. Most consumer users I know think that way. The media just writes a lot of stuff about evil apple, but it is the same thing here as usual, the loudly screaming unhappy guys get all the attention.

    And I think Apple is pretty tolerant: you find some pretty crazy Hitler-apps Mussolini and Mao (this guy killed a lot of people too) quote apps, and other insane stuff, like one app that says you have to kill your neighbor if he works on sunday and another one that says you can just rape your wife if you like. MDN-word: “world” – yes, the world is a crazy place…

  8. I’m just happy when I can easily download an app and be sure it’s no malware. I like it when I don’t have to go to a shop and buy some DVD. And I like it when I don’t have to search my credit card to buy an app. And if I don’t like the app, I want to get it away from my computer easily, without any hidden folders left on the hd. Most consumer users I know think that way. The media just writes a lot of stuff about evil apple, but it is the same thing here as usual, the loudly screaming unhappy guys get all the attention.

    And I think Apple is pretty tolerant: you find some pretty crazy Hitler-apps Mussolini and Mao (this guy killed a lot of people too) quote apps, and other insane stuff, like one app that says you have to kill your neighbor if he works on sunday and another one that says you can just rape your wife if you like. MDN-word: “world” – yes, the world is a crazy place…

  9. Eh, it hasn’t hampered iApp piracy. You can find hacked versions no problems. And even the iLok stuff that protects ProTools has been broken.

    So, it doesn’t really matter. The updating part would be really nice to keep every app up to date.

  10. Eh, it hasn’t hampered iApp piracy. You can find hacked versions no problems. And even the iLok stuff that protects ProTools has been broken.

    So, it doesn’t really matter. The updating part would be really nice to keep every app up to date.

  11. I’m assuming Apple will not interfere with apps-unless they are sketchy to begin with.
    I welcome the one place for app updates.
    Will be so much better then opening each app to check.

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