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?

Here are some other reasons, that popped up in a discussions at the TIGSource and Indiegamer Forum, why a developer should fear the new program:

  • 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.

  1. Kaffeefleck (2010-10-25 16:57)

    No. Because its not very exciting! At least for me.I mean – the “Mac App Store” has the same positiv and negativ aspects as the “iOS App Store”. And about the “not verified warning” – Microsoft does the same on Windows (see downloads, firewall, drivers, …). So if you want a free, unrestricted and easy to use app store take a look at the Android Store. But this model has ist own pros and cons.

  2. Tom (2010-10-26 05:40)

    The limitations regarding demo/trial versions, plugins and selling content from the app are mainly in place because Apple might come up with a standardized way to do these. They don’t want it to be a mess from the beginning.The deprecation of Java is quite sad for me, as both of my games are written in Java. Not that you could tell – they use OpenGL for rendering – no ugly Swing UI, 60FPS… but still, no Mac App Store for me…

  3. aparadekto (2010-10-27 04:51)

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  4. eyuzwa (2010-11-09 06:21)

    I wonder if the customers will be expecting the $0.99 – $3.99 price point as well for apps..:(The Java thing is strange / depressing..not sure if it’s a response to the Oracle ownership or just the fact that if it’s not in HTML5 or Objective-C “it’s crrraap!”

  5. knuthy (2011-01-05 18:18)

    I fully agree with you. Apple is going too far, one of my main critics of the iOS is its app store fully controlled by Apple. Censorship is bad for both the developers and the users. They will refurbish their minds as Microsoft did with IE. Mac users will be limited to Apple programs as they are not going to look far off their App Store. Fear….

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