The Mac app store is open for business. Only 24 hours in and there’s already a raging debate on whether it’s a good or bad thing for Mac developers. I’m not a Mac developer, but I’m confident the Mac app store will be great for developers, consumers, and of course, Apple. Everyone! My feelings have been summed up by the following paragraph from Bonobo Labs‘ blog:
There are a lot of people out there (ie. iPhone and iPad owners) who would never have considered purchasing apps for their Mac apart from maybe iWork or Office. With the Mac App store they understand the whole app purchase process because their iPhone/iPad experience has taught them how and built their confidence.
I think of my mum — she’s never installed an application in her life (if you discount the times I’ve talked her through the process via Skype or phone). Now all she has to do is sign up for an Apple ID, enter her credit card info, and shop away. Forever. No messy .dmg files and the confusing installation process that goes along with them. Imagine all the mums of the world who can, as of yesterday, let go of their fears to take control of their Macs like never before.
And all without my assistance.