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
mrhasbean
Member since:
2006-04-03

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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RE: Possibile, but not necessary
by Kroc on Mon 26th Apr 2010 14:12 in reply to "Possibile, but not necessary"
Kroc Member since:
2005-11-10

I have 3G built into my netbook currently running Windows 7. Guess how I prevent rogue programs racking up a bill?

1. I use common sense, and
2. I look at the network icon in the corner

Geez, not to berate you, but let's not drink the Apple kool-aid that they are somehow protecting us from a threat so great that we can't be trusted with our own devices.

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google_ninja Member since:
2006-02-05

I am CONSTANTLY asking my wife to turn off her limewire when she is done downloading something. For me, walking past the living room and noticing router lights blinking like mad is like a gigantic neon sign telling me something is up. She however, is completely oblivious to such things.

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apoclypse Member since:
2007-02-17

An App store for OSX will atually bolster sales for Mac developers. At the moment mac developers have a lot of obscure smaller apps that you may or may not find on Apple's downloads page with the rest being known by word of mouth. With a decent appstore on the smaller developer can gain more exposure with less work. One would hope that if Apple were to make an Appstore for a desktop OS they would be more lax with the rules. It would certainly make if easier to upgrade/update these apps.Your app info can be stored in a central repo somewhere so system update should go flawlessly. Devs also save on packaging if they don't already distribute digitally.

That's kind the direction that Ubuntu is taking with their software center. Its an easy to use accessible place where users can just open the store and see what they have available.

Ofcourse Apple won' disallow 3rd party applications from installing. A lot of Mac users are music and graphics design professionals. I doubt Avid (Protools), Autodesk (Maya) or Adobe (CS Suite) will want o distribute via Apple, eve its more convenient for the user. Adobe seems to love installing updaters on your machine that nag you everyday to update your software.

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