Peeking into the new Mac App Store

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PETALING JAYA: Apple Inc has opened its Mac App Store. Announced last October, it is a Macintosh applications store on the Web, much like what the App Store is to users of its popular iPhone smartphones and iPad Tablet computer.

Macs running the OS X 10.6 operating system and higher need to run the latest software update to be able to access the store. The update is free.

The Mac App Store features a mixture of about 1,000 paid and free applications available for download now.

Paid applications typically cost between US$20 and US$50 (RM64 and RM160) each. However, several applications are on offer for a limited time.

To buy applications at the store, users need to sign in to their Apple ID accounts and pay via credit card.

The Mac App Store interface is heavily inspired by the App Store’s interface, with featured applications displayed on the front page, along with the top-grossing apps and most-popular downloads.

There are apps for education, utilities, personal productivity, games and more. Notable applications like iLife ’11 and iWorks ’09 are also available.

Interestingly, Mac users can buy some software, such as iMovie ’11, as a standalone, without having to buy the entire applications suite. Normally, iMovie ’11 is bundled with iLife ’11.

Games make up the majority of the offerings, including Angry Birds, which is popular on iPhones and iPads now. Other notable games are Flight Control HD and Zen Bound 2.

Once an application is downloaded, it will neatly appear on your Mac’s menu bar and can be launched instantly.

Applications, like iMovie ’11, that are upgrades to previously available software, will automatically update the earlier version on your Mac.

Apple announced that the Mac App Store will keep track of software versions on users’ Macs, so the users will always be offered the latest updates.


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