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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This is really not that hard of an issue to solve. You just have two classifications of Apps. "Apple Certified" Apps and Non-Certified Apps. In order to install the latter, you have to first enable them to show up and then click through a big, "AT YOUR OWN RISK" popup before installing. The average mom and pop user would never bother, but then again, they probably wouldn't install too many non-big-name apps.

Apple could take their sweet time reviewing apps for the Certified section, and use some kind of user feedback (like a "report malware" button) in the Non-Certified section to give them a heads up regarding dodgy apps. Easy.

I agree that, in all likelihood, some kind of "App Store" is coming to OS X in the future.

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