Mac App Store Goes Live with OS X 10.6.6 Update

Apple [AAPL] has launched the Mac App Store. The store is made available when upgrading to the new version of OS X numbered 10.6.6 and works in a similar fashion to how the App Store on iOS works in that you can browse a library of apps and click to install them on your Mac.

The Mac OS X 10.6.6 Update is recommended for all users running Mac OS X Snow Leopard and includes general operating system fixes that enhance the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac. It also includes the Mac App Store, the best way to discover and buy new apps for your Mac. The Mac App Store, a new application you’ll find in the Dock, includes the following features:

Discover Mac apps: Browse featured apps, top charts, and categories, or search for something specific. Read detailed app descriptions and user reviews, and flip through screen shots.
Buy and install: Easily purchase apps with your iTunes account. Apps install in one step and are quickly available from the Dock.
App updates: The Mac App Store keeps track of all your purchased apps and notifies you when free updates are available.

Apple has also announced that at launch (which was yesterday), the Mac App Store had 1,000 apps available for users to browse through and download. Price wise, apps vary depending what they are with some around the $14.99 mark although others such as Aperture 3 cost $79.99. The developer is responsible for setting the price.

To get access to the Mac App Store, click the Apple then check for updates and download both available updates. After a reboot, you’ll be good to go.

Via: Geeky Gadgets

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