5 ways Apple’s Mac App Store will rock the Macintosh platform

Parallels Desktop 6 for Mac “Frankly, I’m surprised at how excited I am to see the Mac App Store coming Jan. 6. For me, first and foremost, it’s about easy application discovery and instant buying from a trusted source,” Chris Maxcer writes for MacNewsWorld.

“Sure, you can download many Mac apps from a variety of developer websites, but then you’re also sharing a lot of key details about your identity, home and billing information,” Maxcer writes. “In an age where cybercriminals are becoming increasingly sophisticated, I like to try to reduce my exposure. Some of these innovative developers are just dudes in a garage, and when push comes to shove — say, their brother gets in too deep with some gambling debts made in the shady areas of Vegas — what are they going to do? Hold an online fire sale to drum up some quick cash?”

Maxcer writes, “According to the latest rumors, iWork ’09 is slipping out of stock, paving the way for iWork ’11. And wouldn’t Apple like to deliver iWork ’11 with its brand new Mac App Store? I think so, and I’m due for an iWork upgrade. So how might this benefit me? Instant download gratification and no shipping charges. I’m in.”

Still, there’s a lot more to like about Apple’s deceptively awesome Mac App Store:
1. Easy App Discovery From a Trusted Source
2. New Easy Installation
3. New Licensing Terms
4. Easy Update Discovery
5. Big Crowd Reviews

Full article, which covers all five points above, here.

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


  1. One Last Issue: Have not seen this mentioned before, so here goes.

    I currently have 2 dozen 3rd party applications & almost 2 dozen utilities installed on just my MacBook Pro, let alone my Mac Minis.

    Are we Mac users going to be able to “migrate” our existing licenses to the MacApp Store.

    I DO NOT want to pay for these apps all over again, just to get Mac App Store service.

    I hope Apple has an answer for this as it concerns virtually all existing Mac users.

    Pardon me if this has been answered somewhere else and I haven’t heard about it.

  2. Uncle Al; In addition to non-relevant sneaky advertising comments…

    Tell your son at Ronelmm.com to take off the snooping by the website so Little Snitch doesn’t warn me something funny is going on.

    I NEVER visit a website where Little Snitch pops up before I get to the home page…EVER.

  3. I think 2011 will be a milestone for Mac. There is a huge consumer base very happy with their iphone, apple tv, ipad, ipod touch that will tip them over to abandon their Hp or Dell on their next purchase.
    And a little hype from Steve of the summer roll out for Lion is not going to hurt.

  4. But how are they possibly going to try to describe Adobe’s upgrade path? Because if you bought InDesign CS4 as part of the Design package that means you got buy the whole Design package to upgrade it, meaning you gotta get Photoshop CS5, Illustrator CS 5, and spend $500 rather than just upgrading INDesign CS5 for $200. Im exhauste typing this and Adobe can suck it. Hate that company.

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