Linked by fran on Tue 8th Feb 2011 18:08 UTC
Apple "A new report suggests that Apple may be planning to eliminate retail boxed software from its Apple Stores, instead focusing on promoting the Mac App Store for software sales. This is indeed a trend that Apple has been pushing for a while, but not all the software that Apple sells would necessarily be a great fit for pure digital distribution."
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RE: purpose - The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
by BlueofRainbow on Tue 8th Feb 2011 21:33 UTC in reply to "purpose"
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Many potential purposes to distributing OS X software only through the Apple Apps Store:

Let's do this in reverse order.

The Ugly:

As you are suggesting, the Apple Apps Store may be sophisticated enough to dis-allow connection to a Hackintosh (or worst - reporting its existence to the iJustice Department). The eventual drying up the supply of applications would removes the temptation of hackintoshing a generic X86 system.

In the same vein, it would not be surprising if the next major revision of OS X (10.7?) installs applications and updates only through the Apps Store interface. In this eventuality, the hackintoshers would have to remain forever at revision 10.6.x, by-pass this feature, or set-up their own Apps distribution channel.

The Bad:

The absolute right of veto by Apple to re-sell or not a given app on their Apps Store gives me shivers. The Android and BlackBerry apps stores appear to also follow this business model. I don't recall a story about a coming Microsoft apps store but if there is ever one it will likely be following the same business model.

Yes, there are potential apps which should definitively go through some filters (age filters? ratings like for games and movies?). However, such filters are generally applied by an agency with an arms-length relationship to both the developer/producer and distributor/reseller. In the end, the customer is still allowed to overide the rating if he/she so wishes.

The Good:

Application of quality controls - e.g. verification of consistency in the user interface, testing for easter eggs/back doors into the OS, testing for general compatibility with the other applications, ensuring no tainting by malware in the distribution, etc.

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