Do you also fear the Mac App Store?
October 22, 2010
Apple just announced that soon they will bring the new mac app store to Snow Leopard. The App Store will allow users to download and install applications with just one click, like on the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Developers will also be able to take a 70 percent cut of sales through the digital storefront, while Apple keeps 30 percent. Sounds great, right? Wrong!
It really sounds great for the user, but it could bring in some problems for devs. Ron Gilbert mentioned in his twitter account:
The new Mac App Store guidelines uses the phrase “will be rejected” 62 times.
This means that apple is able and will censor software. But wait, it’s still possible to offer software the traditional way, right?
Yes, but most people won’t use the “traditional download and install from website” way, if they are used to the app store.
And what happens if Apple decides to add a “The program you are about to run has not been verified by Apple. For a list of verified apps visit the app store..” warning each time you run a non-app store app?
- Apple will reject your program if it uses deprecated technology. Java was announced as being deprecated at the same time.
- No demos or trial versions are allowed.
- You are not allowed to sell content from your app.
- No programs that provide similar functionality to Apple programs. (Web browser, media players…)
- No plugins.
Some points are very strange – but hey, that’s apple. Besides that we can also expect that a price race to the bottom will occur, like there is on iOS.