After weeks of speculation, Apple has just confirmed that the Mac App Store will open on January 6th. This news comes directly via press release from Cupertino.
The Mac App Store is going to be a service for OSX users in which they can download Apps similar to what they would find on the App Store for iOS. The benefit to this is simple, one-click download/install procedure, as well as a very simple way to delete unwanted applications.
We've reported extensively on the Mac App Store (link), and are hoping to see some cool things come out of it.
We know that there will also be jailbreak store for Mac.
Hit the jump for the full press release:
Apple‚Äôs Mac App Store to Open on January 6
CUPERTINO, California‚ÄîDecember 16, 2010‚ÄîApple¬Æ today announced that the Mac¬Æ App Store? will open for business on Thursday, January 6. By bringing the revolutionary App Store experience to Mac OS¬Æ X, the Mac App Store makes discovering, installing and updating Mac apps easier than ever. The Mac App Store will be available in 90 countries at launch and will feature paid and free apps in categories like Education, Games, Graphics & Design, Lifestyle, Productivity and Utilities.
‚ÄúThe App Store revolutionized mobile apps,‚Äù said Steve Jobs, Apple‚Äôs CEO. ‚ÄúWe hope to do the same for PC apps with the Mac App Store by making finding and buying PC apps easy and fun. We can‚Äôt wait to get started on January 6.‚Äù
The Mac App Store lets you browse new and noteworthy apps, find out what‚Äôs hot, view staff favorites, search categories and read customer ratings and reviews. Like on iPhone¬Æ, iPod touch¬Æ and iPad‚Ñ¢, you can purchase, download and install apps in just one click and start using them immediately. Purchased apps can run on all of your personal Macs and updates are delivered directly through the Mac App Store so it‚Äôs easy to keep all of your apps up to date. The Mac App Store is available to Mac OS X Snow Leopard¬Æ users as a free download through Software Update.
Mac developers set the price for their apps, keep 70 percent of the sales revenue, are not charged for free apps and do not have to pay hosting, marketing or credit card fees. To find out more about developing for the Mac App Store visit developer.apple.com/programs/mac.
Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world, along with OS X, iLife, iWork, and professional software. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store. Apple is reinventing the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and has recently introduced its magical iPad which is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices.