Apple should develop a 'App Store' for OS X.

  • Idea
  • Updated 4 years ago
Basically, what I would like to see is a little application that comes pre-installed on all new Mac's (and included in the next software update) that is like the iTunes 'App Store' but for OS X applications.

You would have a little icon at the end of the dock, that looks like the app store icon on the iPhone, that when clicked on, opens the OS X App Store application, which provides the user with a 'iTunes App Store' like experience for finding and buying applications. The user would enter their Apple ID (with associated card details from iTunes) to pay for apps, and as they know they are dealing with Apple, they aren't worried about giving their card details to a third party.

The apps on the OSX App Store would be checked by Apple (like they are on the iPhone) to make sure no malicious software is on the store.

The user would be automatically notified when a app they have purchased is update by a little badge on the app store icon (kind of how Mail does at the moment), the user can the choose to automatically install any updates by going into the App store application.

I'm not saying make the 'OS X app store' the only way to install software on your Mac, that would be insane, but it should be a easy to use alternative to introduce new software to both new OS X users and those who may have been using OS X a while, and who are looking for some new apps.

I think something like this would really help 3rd party developers to get their software out to the Mac user base, and it would also be a great selling point for the Mac, for those who are thinking of switching.
Photo of Nathan

Nathan

  • 114 Posts
  • 10 Likes
  • excited

Posted 6 years ago

  • 3
Photo of Alex

Alex

  • 461 Posts
  • 128 Likes
There are annual events such as MacHeist ( http://www.macheist.com/ ) and the Special MacUpdate Promo ( http://www.mupromo.com/ ). MacHeist made the news this year because they managed to gather over $800k for charity by selling software bundles worth over $900 for only $39.

http://blog.wired.com/gadgets/2009/04...

http://www.fastcompany.com/blog/kit-e...

The only problem I see with having an OS X App store would be for the big apps (the ones that must be on a DVD). That would incur S&H fees... in this case it would be cheaper to buy it at a local Apple Store or from a third party...

I guess that's why Apple has the "Mac OS X Software..." link under the Apple menu in OS X and they also have the software gallery on their website:
http://www.apple.com/downloads/macosx/
Photo of jake

jake

  • 1 Post
  • 0 Likes
The app store is widely considered THE killer feature of the iPhone. Why not do it for OS X?

I already download nearly all my software (legally, thank you) so I consider the size argument a moot point. But if I'm proven wrong a kiosk could allow you to transfer files to your iPod or thumb drive. Such a thing might also be cool for music & movies.
Photo of Nathan

Nathan

  • 114 Posts
  • 10 Likes
Many people who are new to the Mac find the installation process for applications confusing. The fact that many programs for the Mac install in entirely different ways (some use a installer wizard, some you drag the app to 'Applications' etc) doesn't help.

The success of the iPhone shows that a unified App Store which makes it easy to find and install applications is something that customers love, so it makes sense to bring the App Store to OS X, hopefully sooner rather than later. Remember WWDC 2010 is but a few months away...
Photo of Nathan

Nathan

  • 114 Posts
  • 10 Likes
Anyone interested in this should checkout Bodega

http://www.appbodega.com/
Photo of Mac User Today

Mac User Today

  • 1 Post
  • 0 Likes
What a stupid idea! Why would we trade complete freedom on a great platform for the stupid and arbitrary rules of app acceptance? It's easy to find apps, people. It's called the SEARCH ENGINE and Apple Downloads.

"The success of the iPhone shows that a unified App Store which makes it easy to find and install applications is something that customers love"

.. and developers (including this one) HATE. Man, people are SO eager to give up choice, it's amazing. Don't give me that crap red herring of an argument about "quality". The quality of Mac apps is just fine. And for the record, they'd be just fine with unsigned apps on iPad/iPhone too. It's unnecessary.
Photo of Nathan

Nathan

  • 114 Posts
  • 10 Likes
Photo of Alex Drewniak

Alex Drewniak

  • 1 Post
  • 0 Likes
And so it comes to fruition. Good call!