∞ Mac App Store will launch at 12:00 pm ET on Thursday

The Mac App Store will officially launch on January 6, but nobody has been able to nail down a time when the service will be publicly available.

[ad#Google Adsense 300x250 in story]According to my sources, the Mac App Store will be available at 12:00 pm (noon) ET on Thursday. That puts it at about 9:00 am PT where Apple is headquartered in Cupertino, Calif.

Introduced during Apple’s “Back to the Mac” event in October, the Mac App Store is very similar in setup to the company’s popular App Store, which was started for the iPhone, iPod and iPad. Like it’s iOS counterpart, the Mac App Store will have paid and free apps featuring one-click download and install.

Discovery will be a big focus of the Mac App Store as Apple aims to make it easier for new users to quickly find and install new software. You will be able to browse new and noteworthy apps, find out what’s hot, view staff favorites, search categories and read customer ratings and reviews, according to Apple.

Apple said that purchased apps will run on all of your personal Macs.



  • http://www.macstories.net Chris Herbert

    Friday is the 7th, don’t you mean 12:00pm the 6th?

  • Chris

    It’s Thursday the Mac App Store launches…. 6th Jan is Thursday :)

  • Snaab4

    “Apple said that purchased apps will run on all of your personal Macs” means it will run on a Mac that will run Snow Leopard, since the Mac App Store requires Snow Leopard to run. Am I right on this?

    • The Danish Texture

      Obviously.

      • bargle

        So, how are Leopard users (and others prior to Snow Leopard) gonna get their apps now, if they’re closing down the regular site?

        • http://www.tikkabik.com Peter Cohen

          Upgrade, or depend on services like MacUpdate, Bodega etc. to discover new software.

    • Matt

      It should run on any PowerPC or Intel Mac running Mac OS X Leopard 10.5.8 or above just like the requirements are for the latest version of iTunes. It’s basically the same layout as the most recent version of iTunes and so should be too much different.

      • Matt

        Meant to write shouldn’t above.

  • thearranger

    One Question. Will angry birds be available?

  • Anonymous

    Oh wow, OK thats some pretty cool stuff. I like it.

    http://www.anon-web-tools.edu.tc

  • http://www.mobi-source.com/j2me.php j2me development

    I am just looking forward to the latest applications! Quite excited!

  • Matt

    It should run on any PowerPC or Intel Mac running Mac OS X Leopard 10.5.8 or above just like the requirements are for the latest version of iTunes.

    • Snaab4

      Except the fact that the App Store is coming with the 10.6.6 update which doesn’t run on PPC. Is there a comparable 10.5.9 update?

  • http://twitter.com/drstonyhills drstonyhills

    Oi its 1 O’clock here where the apstore at?

  • Mark Fowler
    Like it’s iOS counterpart, the Mac App Store will have paid and free apps featuring one-click download and install.

    Nitpick: You can’t click on iOS. And install takes two taps.

  • David P.

    I’m not certain how widespread the rollout is yet, but I was able to download and install the Mac App Store via Software Update at 9:00am EST today.

    The store appears live and fully functional, though I haven’t purchased any apps yet.

    • http://www.mike-pulsifer.org/ WVMikeP

      Installed Twitter and TextWrangler already. Incredible app install experience compared with the past.

  • nicanadian

    Mac App Store opened online today for Apple fans… with a caveat… it’s only available for those running Mac OS X Snow Leopard (10.6.6), not for Mac OS X Leopard (10.5.8) thus forcing you to pay $29 for an update.

    Apple, you suck! I don’t recognize the company anymore, they’re worse than Microsoft with such sneaky business practices.

    • Ballistic

      Agreed. I thought the cool draw toward Apple products is that they all worked well together and apple maintained that for free.

      F a $29 update. If they start pulling that I’ll drop them like I drop my kids off at the pool…. flush.

  • http://viettelonline.com/ LienDTK

    Oh nice, thanks for your information!

  • http://www.totalapps.net/ Totalapps

    I am great supporter of MacApp Store and I am happy to visit it frequently