Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 20th Oct 2010 19:02 UTC
Apple So, Apple held its usual autumn press get-together just now, and after a few rather uninspiring ones (to me, at least), they finally managed to blow me away, with the new MacBook Air (especially the 11.6" variant). They also gave a sneak peek at Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, which has... An App Store. An App Store Apple is going to open on Snow Leopard within 90 days.
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RE[5]: Well...
by Neolander on Thu 21st Oct 2010 08:43 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Well..."
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So what - Apple doesn't differentiate between its hardware and software; the heart of the Mac is Mac OS X - no different than a firmware upgrade but instead of being a download you purchase it from a store. Don't like the conditions then don't purchase the product and use something else. Millions have exercised their right to choose and have gone for PC's instead and guess what sugar dimples, you can do the same.

This is not the point. The point is to prove that Apple are probably going to make macs run iOS because they can do it, it's interesting for them to do it, and in fact they have begun to make moves in such a direction.

How the f--k do you have a lucrative thing going when the AppStore/iTunes only generates enough revenue to stay neutral on the books - so when the hell as 'neutral' in terms of profitability been equal to 'raking in the cash'?

Don't know what you're talking about. But Apple is a highly profitable company, and most of that profit comes from the iTunes ecosystem. Theoretically speaking, this can easily explain by the fact that Apple do everything they can to own every single source of profit on the platform : being a mandatory actor in app sales, pushing forward their online store as much as they can without being sued for anticompetitive practice... They even invented a new kind of USB connector on the iPod and a new power connector on Macs so that they can monetize lost and cut cables too !

All you've shown is that the AppStore has come to Mac OS X as an option for people to install from, and Apple will probably use that as a way to sell their applications through - they might even break up their suite to allow individual parts of the iLife suit to be bought rather than forcing the purchasing of all the applications at once as they do today.

Considering that Apple own distribution rights for most major Mac software...

As for 'full-screen applications' - what f--king video did you watch? I watched a video where iPages was installed and ran like a normal application, accessible via the dock and this new gizmo they've added to access applications. Again you've provided no evidence that Apple will make AppStore the exclusive way to purchase applications nor have you provided any evidence that Apple is replacing one UI with another other than the appearance of a secondary option and your speculation that it will end up in that direction.

Read the article. And again : they can, they should, and they start to move in that direction. Either in words or in actions.

Here is the difference between you and I, I don't pull stuff out of my ass with an authoritative post and claim that some how I'm privileged to information that no other bugger on planet earth is privileged to. I go based on what Apple has said publicly and what they've said publicly is that the AppStore will compliment the traditional way of purchasing applications just as the iPad isn't designed to replace the tradition computer but to compliment it.

Nothing authoritative. This is a comment section based on a news article, in case you didn't notice. The reason why it exists is that if you only read press announcements without analyzing them, you're not going very far.

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