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: Comment by tetek
by kaiwai on Thu 21st Oct 2010 09:07 UTC in reply to "Comment by tetek"
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I think most people just freaking out about how MacOS X will become iOS with its walled garden. But if you read rules posted above - in Mac store there won't be apps with external frameworks (Adobe CS, MS Office) or which need root privileges for installation (video codecs). This only should give them a hint that Mac store will be just an addition - not a replacement for installation of apps (for most of mac's apps there are no installations at all). Mac's aren't mobile phones. You can't close them to bunch of simple apps- there are used by many pros. Therefore Mac store is just a graphical fronted to repo. Just that. Don't freak out. It will be nice place where small developers can promote their apps and can cut distribution costs (online payments, hosting for download, marketing). If someone is a independent programer - he know what i mean.


Beautifully put - I wish I could give you a whole box of cookies. I add to what you said, I can't see AutoCAD, Microsoft Office or Creative Suite ever appearing in the AppStore but I could see the likes of maybe existing AppStore developers branching out into the desktop as well. Those who are already used to the AppStore on the iPhone and iPad will automatically start using it on the Mac as well - that isn't to say that will replace traditional way but it will be a great way for start ups to get the kind of coverage which they probably wouldn't normally get. I know when I went through the AppStore there were applications I would never have bought had I just saw them on the shelf or if I was forced to Google for it.

About Macbook Air. The size doesn't make it a notebook. Look at Sony Vaio TT/TZ 11,1' - once it was my dream. Never fulfilled: 1800 - 3000 euro. But it wasn't a netbook. It was a power notebook with small factor.
Netbooks are cheap and well - the quality isn't best. Not many of them have alu body and Core 2 Duo (i suspect it's UV). They most intel atom. If one of you thought that there should be a notebook in size of a netbook without crappy design/quality - you have a option now.

And seriously - the price is not so high - look at Sony Vaio X.


Agreed; and it also comes back to what you want as well; if you're hell bent on wanting MacOS X (like me) then it really doesn't matter what the other vendors have to offer, Apple is the only way to go. Same could be said for people who prefer Windows, they're better off going for a PC vendor and they'll find a vendor out there able to cater for what they want. With that being said, the MacBook Air is a unibody construction when compared to the PC world which tend to be plasticy garbage that creaks if you pick it up with one hand which gives me an unsettling feeling when I hear it.

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