Jean-Louis Gassée: Apple’s Mac App Store will be good for developers

Complete your iPad experience with ZAGGmate!“The Mac App Store, announced October 20th, is still in the Coming Soon state, likely to open its ports mid-to-late January 2011. Mac developers have been able to bring their offerings to Apple’s altar since the beginning of November,” Jean-Louis Gassée writes for Monday Note.

“Unavoidably, we have the C-word heat: ‘Steve Jobs is a Control freak. After Closing the iPhone ecosystem, he wants to exert the same dictatorial control over the Mac. Yet another Walled Garden,'” Gassée writes. “That’s simply unfounded, and counterproductive paranoia: Mac software will continue to be sold (and sellable) on shelves and on Web sites. But who gets to approach these venues? Small, independent app developers have a terrible time getting shelf space in retail stores. Making money by selling one’s wares on the Web isn’t an easy task either.”

“Yes, there will be a loss of ‘freedom.’ Today on Macs (and PCs) you can sell code that modifies the machine at any level. It can yield very useful results, or it can wreak havoc, there are (almost) no limits” Gassée writes. “Tomorrow, the Mac App Store will impose restrictions. Some will irritate, some will be acceptable. We’ve seen Apple back down from some of the more aggressive interpreter restrictions for iOS apps, for example. But your neat $10 utility will find customers, updates will be managed, payment processing won’t be a problem.”

Gassée writes, “Even if the new app store has a more modest debut and subsequent growth [versus the iOS App Store], it’ll be a good vehicle for smaller developers who struggle with the inconvenience and cost of today’s channels. It might even have the effect of attracting new developers to the OS X platform.”

Much more in the full article – recommended – here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “krquet” for the heads up.]

18 Comments

  1. ” It might even have the effect of attracting new developers to the OS X platform.”

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  2. And why not? I think it’ll be a smashing idea. We’ll have all the apps we’ll ever need just a finger tip away by browsing the Mac App Store. 

    That’s why Amazon is such a successful e-retailer – all you could ever want a mouse click away – searchable content too plus user recommendations and ‘genius lists’. Perfect couch potato shopping.

  3. Indeed one stop shopping is a great benefit. I don’t like to spread around my credit card info and this helps. Also, it would allow to find apps that I wouldn’t have. Macupdate and Mac Heist can only do so much. I think security and compatibility ensured by the watchful eyes of Apple would be the deal maker.

    But more importantly, this would level the playing fields a bit; before you buy the next bloated iteration of Adobe and MS, why not try the cheaper/leaner alternative just a click away. It helps to get Apples golden seal of approval.

    Finally, dear Apple, please consider releasing this as a beta (à la Google) first, lest there be another mobileMe incident.

  4. Cue the continuing FUD’sters with their deliberate misinformation that developers will no longer be able to sell software through other means (eg. websites, etc.)…..

  5. One thing: Apple could really use a RAD language, ala C#. That would open the door for us C# / Java guys who aren’t used to mangling our own memory or obj-C. Still, it’s good to have a ‘real’ language, like C.

    Through MVC and it’s many core frameworks, Apple helps devs make great apps. That’s something you can completely bypass on Windows, if you want to.

  6. I don’t need any more software for my Mac, so I’m not looking for any more software. Thats exactly why the App Store will be a success on Mac. It creates demand, bringing customers who aren’t looking for anything then shows them what they are missing, then provides a one click purchase/install option.

    @Cubert, how long until Win Store 7 on Windows do you think?

  7. Pixelmator is a great example. I purchased it recently upon the recommendation of MDN and a little research on my own, and have found it to be a very nice program. I was only a casual user of Photoshop in the past. Keeping that in mind, Pixelmator does everything that I need it to do – masking, layers, blending, etc. That is an example of the type of application that should become more popular and accessible with the kickoff of the Mac App Store.

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