Mac App Store Open Next Monday?
The Mac App Store may be open for business as soon as next week, ahead of Christmas and well in advance of the 90-day target set back in October. According to an "insider source" quoted by Kirk Hiner at AppleTell
, the company has been pushing hard to get the store up and running, and developers have been told to have their apps ready as early as today though the store is not likely to be open until December 13.
The Mac App Store is, obviously, modeled on the successful App Store for iOS devices, letting users find, download, and install Mac apps with the same simplicity and ease of use. All apps will be licensed for use on all of a user's Macs, and developers get a 70% cut. However, the plan has already encountered controversy
with the banning of trial, demo, or beta software, and it's unknown as yet whether any titles on the Mac App Store will be free.
Apple seeded a new beta of Mac OS X 10.6.6 last week, which included "developer support for fetching and renewing App Store receipts." It's not clear whether 10.6.6 will be required to use the Mac App Store, but there's no indication that the update will be ready for release in a week: build 10J537 is only the second beta since 10.6.6 was originally released to developers at the beginning of November.
Steve Jobs had promised at the "Back to the Mac" event that the Mac App Store would launch in 90 days. Measuring from the day he said that - October 20 - this means the deadline is January 18, 2011. Hiner's source indicated that Steve Jobs wanted the store open faster than that, however, and that Apple is targeting the launch for Monday, December 13. Multiple sources have hinted
that Apple is planning a media event for later this week.