Apple Mac App Store opens with 1,000 apps
Apple has released its Mac App Store, the new service that brings the experience of the iTunes App Store to its Mac computers.
The Mac App Store launched this afternoon in 90 countries and features more than 1,000 apps. The iPhone App Store had 800 applications when it launched in 2008.
“We think users are going to love this innovative new way to discover and buy their favourite apps,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s chief executive, in a press release.
The Mac App Store simplifies the process of installing and managing apps, removing the need for users to open folders and move files and delivering reminders when an update is available.
Several of Apple’s own apps are already in the store, including it’s iWork productivity suite and iLife, Apple’s photo, video and music software.
Many apps in the store will already be familiar to Mac users, including acclaimed software such as Things, the to do list manager, and blogging program MarsEdit.
However, Apple also hopes the App Store will attract developers who have been making apps for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad and that appears to be working.
iPhone users will be pleased to see familiar titles such as Angry Birds, which is already the top paid app in the store, and Flight Control HD.