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Posted at 10:20 AM ET, 12/16/2010

Mac App Store to open Jan. 6

By Hayley Tsukayama

Important news from Apple this morning: The company's Mac App Store is set to launch on Jan. 6 in 90 countries. The store should bring Apple's successful app format for mobile devices to the personal computer, letting users install in one click.

The announcement by the Silicon Valley tech pioneer is likely to shake up the software market, which still depends on store sales of disks in shrink-wrapped boxes.

CEO Steve Jobs announced the coming Mac App Store in October and also promised an announcement for Snow Leopard within 90 days.

In a press release, Jobs said: "The App Store revolutionized mobile apps. We hope to do the same for PC apps with the Mac App Store by making finding and buying PC apps easy and fun. We can't wait to get started on January 6."

The store will appear as a free upgrade to Snow Leopard users via Apple's Software Update. Developers can find out more at

According to a new International Data Corporation forecast released Monday, the market for mobile applications will keep growing, and the number of downloaded apps is expected to increase from 10.9 billion worldwide in 2010 to 76.9 billion in 2014. As for revenues, the market intelligence firm predicts worldwide mobile apps will top $35 billion in 2014.

In September, IDC also forecast that PC sales would see solid double-digit gains in the long term, despite a slow second half in 2010. The predicted sales would hold steady as companies replaced their old computers and sales for all-in-one desktops, such as the iMac, continued to hold steady.

Not only is there a demand to "appify" our lives, there's also a great market out there for app stores. As the Dallas Morning News pointed out this summer, consumers want a centralized place to download software instead of having to go to companies' Web sites for the latest update.

Check back later for more coverage of the announcement.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | December 16, 2010; 10:20 AM ET
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Once folks find that they can not get applications or software for their Power Books, except through an "App Store", Apple will probably lose a lot more business. I avoid Apples' i-everything world so I'm not limited by Apple marketing or censorship.

I a future upgrade puts that limitation into my Power Book, Apple & I will part company forever.

Posted by: tgiro | December 16, 2010 10:50 AM | Report abuse

Apple isn't the only company playing with this idea. Google Chrome operating system will be just as closed, and you will only be allowed to use apps that google allows on its cloud.

I also remember way back when Microsoft released Vista , they had a similar idea to the app. store. They were predicting back then that all software would be downloaded and not bought in a brick and mortar store and even touted the idea of only being able to buy Microsoft products (i.e. office) through the internet. They even said that feature would play a prominent place in their next operating system (WIndows 7). It didn't happen, but I am sure it is not long off. The App store idea already is working well in the games market with sites like Steam. In a lot of ways the convenience of getting software over the internet makes sense.

Posted by: ThatGuy1 | December 16, 2010 11:25 AM | Report abuse

Once folks find that they can not get applications or software for their Windows 2000 machines Microsoft will probably lose a lot more business.

Posted by: wiredog | December 16, 2010 12:11 PM | Report abuse

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