PC Magazine’s Ulanoff: Apple’s Mac App Store is nothing short of a revolution

Apple Online Store“Apple’s reimagining of the desktop, application acquisition process and how we compute is nothing short of a revolution,” Lance Ulanoff writes for PC Magazine.

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“Sure those two ultra-slim MacBook Airs are sexy, but the most important part of Apple CEO Steve Job’s ‘Back to the Mac’ presentation came minutes before, when the Apple CEO unveiled the Mac App Store the first-ever App Store for desktop and laptop computers,” Ulanoff writes. “I could almost hear the collective groan from software vendors and a certain company in Redmond.”

‘This changes everything.’ rolled through my head as I heard Jobs explain the new world of desktop applications,” Ulanoff writes. “All the ‘benefits’ of apps on the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch would arrive on your Mac desktop. Things that those of us who use Apple’s portable devices take for granted, like remembering where you were when you open the app again (auto save and resume), one-click downloads, auto-installation and even auto-updates would all become natural parts of the desktop and laptop operating system.”

Ulanoff writes, “When the Mac App Store opens for consumer business early next year, I expect it will, eventually, be a wild success. I say eventually, because the true power of the Mac App Store can’t be realized without the Mac OS 10 Lion update, which transforms the Mac Desktop into a Mac/iPad hybrid. The gesture-friendly, App-ready interface, complete with a new LaunchPad for managing it all takes desktop computing to a whole new level.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Note: The Mac App Store will be available for users of Mac OS X Snow Leopard within 90 days.

90 Comments

  1. Somebody, apparently, gets it.

    This is massive. It is dangerous to underestimate it. The end result will be:

    Much more applications for Mac (quickly surpassing Windows);
    Noticeably less expensive applications for Mac (no more major marketing and distribution expenses for small-time developers);
    Infinitely easier tracking and updating of installed applications;
    Reduced risk of malware (this one is so obvious).

    If Adobe can sell CS5 Master Collection as a digital download (you can get trial versions of all applications in the suite and buy a serial number to convert them to full versions), there are no reasons why any other app couldn’t be sold as a download. The ratio of paid vs. pirated software on the platform will quickly improve significantly.

  2. Somebody, apparently, gets it.

    This is massive. It is dangerous to underestimate it. The end result will be:

    Much more applications for Mac (quickly surpassing Windows);
    Noticeably less expensive applications for Mac (no more major marketing and distribution expenses for small-time developers);
    Infinitely easier tracking and updating of installed applications;
    Reduced risk of malware (this one is so obvious).

    If Adobe can sell CS5 Master Collection as a digital download (you can get trial versions of all applications in the suite and buy a serial number to convert them to full versions), there are no reasons why any other app couldn’t be sold as a download. The ratio of paid vs. pirated software on the platform will quickly improve significantly.

  3. The Mac app store is such an obvious idea — people were talking about it shortly after the original mobile one was announced. So why didn’t Microsoft copy that idea for the desktop? They could have beaten Apple. Shows how dumb they are — they have to wait for Apple to do it before they can copy it.

  4. The Mac app store is such an obvious idea — people were talking about it shortly after the original mobile one was announced. So why didn’t Microsoft copy that idea for the desktop? They could have beaten Apple. Shows how dumb they are — they have to wait for Apple to do it before they can copy it.

  5. The best thing is that it is totally green!!!!!!!!!
    No more shrink-wrap on software, no more CDs, no more packaging, and the greatest part no energy used to create that crap. Factories will shutdown.
    Although that does mean job cuts.

  6. The best thing is that it is totally green!!!!!!!!!
    No more shrink-wrap on software, no more CDs, no more packaging, and the greatest part no energy used to create that crap. Factories will shutdown.
    Although that does mean job cuts.

  7. Even if the Windows 8 App Store isn’t cut at the last minute, given Microsofts track record, how badly will they screw it up?

    I can’t see how Apple copied Microsoft on this, since this is a natural evolution from the iPad and the iPhone, which were out before the power point leak that was mentioned.

  8. Even if the Windows 8 App Store isn’t cut at the last minute, given Microsofts track record, how badly will they screw it up?

    I can’t see how Apple copied Microsoft on this, since this is a natural evolution from the iPad and the iPhone, which were out before the power point leak that was mentioned.

  9. “The MS Windows 8 power point leak from MONTHS ago show that Windows 8 will have a Windows App Store Marketplace. Does this mean that Apple copied MS?”

    Yes. The Mac App store was not at all inspired by the iOS app store. In addition, I think the UI changes were inspired by Windows Mobile 7.

    In particular, Apple also copied from a key slide titled “How Apple does it: A virtuous cycle,”

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