Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 26th Apr 2010 10:01 UTC
Mac OS X Over the weekend, a rumour spread like wildfire through Apple and Mac circles which stated that starting with Mac OS X 10.7, Apple would introduce the App Store model to the Mac, allowing only Apple-approved applications to run. It became apparent to me right away that this was a load of nonsense, and for once, I was right: Steve Jobs has personally dismissed the rumour.
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Possibile, but not necessary
by mrhasbean on Mon 26th Apr 2010 13:58 UTC
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While it's possible that Apple would do an App Store for the Mac it's almost certain that any apps listed thereon will have to be approved by Apple and fit certain criteria, so it's highly improbable that they would make it the only source for OSX apps.

Also, the iPhone is a device with integrated mobile internet access that could easily be hijacked by a rogue app and potentially incur significant data costs for the device's owner with no method of stopping it other than turning off the device, so personally I'm happy that apps for that OS have to undergo an approval process. That level of checking is not necessary for OSX because Mac hardware doesn't have cellular data capability built in.

Unfortunately as those features become standard in Mac hardware this whole argument will become a lot more complicated.

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