Apple CEO Steve Jobs had tipped his hand that an app store for the company’s Mac line of computers was on the horizon in October, but he didn’t say when.
Now, the suspense is over. Apple has set a date of Jan. 6 for the launch of the Mac App Store, which will compile new desktop applications in anticipation of the launch of the next iteration of the Mac operating system, dubbed “Lion,” next summer.
But while the Mac App Store is modeled after the phenomenal success of the iPhone ecosystem, desktop apps could reside in a much higher pricing tier. Datamation takes a look.
Is mobile innovation wagging the desktop dog? That certainly seems to be the case when it comes to software distribution. Today Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) provided a bit more detail on its plans to offer a Mac version of its popular App Store for the iPhone and iPad.
Apple CEO Steve Jobs had announced the Mac App Store back in October as part of the new MacBook Air rollout. The Mac App Store will be part of the next version of the Mac’s operating system, codenamed “Lion.” Although Lion isn’t due till next summer, Jobs said Apple would bring the Mac App Store out ahead of time in January as a free download. Today Apple made the release date official.