Apple Opens Mac App Store for Mac OS v10.6 and Later
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iPhone and iPad users have gotten used to the great ease with which we can find and download apps for our mobile devices. Apple has brought that same excitement over to the Apple OS for Mac.
What is the Mac App Store?
From Apple.com: The Mac App Store is just like the App Store for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. So it’s as easy to find and download Mac apps as it is to add your favorite magazine to iPad or a new game to iPod touch. You can browse Mac apps by category, such as games, productivity, music, and more. Or do a quick search for something specific. Read developer descriptions and user reviews. Flip through screenshots. When you find an app you like, click to buy it.
How Do You Get it?
If your computer is running Mac OS X v10.6, and has not yet prompted you to update automatically, click on the System Preferences Icon, and then click on Software Update. Click on Check Now. You should be prompted with a list of available updates. It is fine to do them all if you like as long as the one for the Mac OS is included. Once installed you may be required to reboot. (If you do not yet have Mac OS X v10.6, you will have to purchase an upgrade.) After that, you will have a new icon in your dock for the App Store. Click it and have instant access to many applications available for immediate install to your computer. You will no longer have to trek to the store or wait to receive software in the mail.
Some of the more popular Paid titles include Aperture, the iLife Suite (apps available individually), and the crazy popular game Angry Birds! Some of my favorites in the Free store include Twitter, TextWrangler, and Evernote. The library is not yet as vast as that of the iOS App Store, but you can bet that developers will be quickly scrambling to get their applications into the Mac App Store and in the hands of customers.
The App Store also helps you keep track of application updates and bug fixes, so your apps are always up to date.
This may become the new way of distributing software. It certainly makes sense. It also saves the environment. No boxes, not printed manuals and flyers. Just what you need... the software.
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