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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Absolutely. I suspect there will be an App Store fairly soon, simply because it is too good an opportunity for Apple to miss because
1) It gives them an additional revenue stream
2) Software via the app store is "checked" so will be regarded as another feather in the cap of the "Apple can't get malware" brigade
3) Smaller developers will relish the chance to get there application out to more mac users without having to worry about competing on google rank with windows and linux apps as well

Point 2 doesn't really apply to desktop apps as it's very hard check an entire desktop app (given the size and complexity of many of them) for malware. Even with access to source code, Ubuntu has had instances where malware has slipped through into the software repositories - so I can't see how Apple could maintain a verified repository without browsing the source.

In fact, this very point might be the biggest reason why OS X wouldn't see an app store. If Apple build an App Store for OS X, then indirectly they're partnering themselves with the apps on there as people will assume that the apps listed have been "Apple Approved" thus safe. So if there's any dodgy apps, then Apple's image will in turn be tarnished. I could see that being one gamble too much for a company that's as obsessed with public image as Apple are with theirs.

As things stand at the moment, because there's no OS X app store, users accept that they install programs "at their own risk" (just as they would in Windows). Thus all Apple have to do is dictate a style guide to keep their platform (visually) clean but then deny responsibility for rouge software.

So as far as I can see, the only way they could retain a strong image whilst running a desktop app store would be to limit apps to the trusted professional apps and/or those from larger software houses - so basically everyone but the developers in point 3 of your post (ie the developers that would benefit the most would be excluded from the store). In fact, to a smaller degree, we already see this preferential treatment on the iPhone.

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red_devel Member since:

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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viator Member since:

All the app store is is a repository of applications that apple controls the difference between the linux repos and apples way of doing things is that apple will not let you add any third party repos to your own machine by way of leaving out that functionality in their app store (installer). And you cant install software any other way on these machines (unlike linux)

I would have no problem with apple having an app store for osx but at the VERY LEAST allow for third party repos!

Edited 2010-04-26 18:22 UTC

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viator Member since:

"Ubuntu has had instances where malware has slipped through into the software repositories"

When did "malware" end up in ubuntu repos??

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Laurence Member since:

Sorry, after a bit of Googling it appears I suffered from bit-rot. It was gnome-look not the distro repos:

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