Apple Mac Store Opens it's Doors on January 6th


Apple has announced that it's Mac app store will be available for download on January 6th next year. This is Apple's desktop version of the already incredibly popular iPhone and iPad app stores. But everyone still running 10.5 needs to upgrade to 10.6 to take advantage of the Mac App store as it only runs on Snow Leopard. Apple is planning on launching it around the world in 90 countries and will include free and paid apps of a wide range of apps for Apple's computer OS from developers all around the world. However Apple is not taking submissions of apps that are trials, demos, or betas, you will have to go to the developer's website to get these, but if you are a developer, I would suggest getting yours in there to get better exposure as it will probably be as big of a hit with developers and consumers alike as the iPhone and iPad app store. 

Read the press release below. 

Apple's Mac App Store to Open on January 6

CUPERTINO, California-December 16, 2010-Apple® today announced that the Mac® App Store℠ will open for business on Thursday, January 6. By bringing the revolutionary App Store experience to Mac OS® X, the Mac App Store makes discovering, installing and updating Mac apps easier than ever. The Mac App Store will be available in 90 countries at launch and will feature paid and free apps in categories like Education, Games, Graphics & Design, Lifestyle, Productivity and Utilities.

"The App Store revolutionized mobile apps," said Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO. "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 Mac App Store lets you browse new and noteworthy apps, find out what's hot, view staff favorites, search categories and read customer ratings and reviews. Like on iPhone®, iPod touch® and iPad™, you can purchase, download and install apps in just one click and start using them immediately. Purchased apps can run on all of your personal Macs and updates are delivered directly through the Mac App Store so it's easy to keep all of your apps up to date. The Mac App Store is available to Mac OS X Snow Leopard® users as a free download through Software Update.

Mac developers set the price for their apps, keep 70 percent of the sales revenue, are not charged for free apps and do not have to pay hosting, marketing or credit card fees. To find out more about developing for the Mac App Store visit

Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world, along with OS X, iLife, iWork, and professional software. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store. Apple is reinventing the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and has recently introduced its magical iPad which is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices.

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Mac OS X 10.7 Lion Announced, Coming Summer 2011


Well here it is folks, the new version of Mac OS X, code named Lion, this new version brings many things that you see in iOS. Like even more multi-touch gestures, not touchscreen support that was rumoured to be in Lion. Other iOS features in Lion are a Mac App Store which launches in 90 days for Snow Leopard, Launchpad which is a grid of apps and folders like on an iPad, and a whole new experience called Mission Control, which combines Expose, Dashboard and full screen apps into one place. Unfortunately, we will have to wait until next summer for this update.



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New Macbook Airs Announced in 11.6" and 13.3" Flavours


 Engadget's tip was spot on with this one. As Apple has just announced an update to the 13.3" Macbook Air and announced a younger brother at 11.6". Both models will have a 1.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, SSD storage starting with 64Gb and going upto 128Gb on the smaller and 256Gb on the larger and both feature a full size keyboard and trackpad. The 11.6" screen has a resolution of 1366 x 768 resolution with a starting price of $999, and the 13.3" screen has a resolution of and a starting price of $1199. Both models are available today so hit up the link below to get them.


Apple's Back To Mac Keynote Predictions


With Apple's return to the Mac after the mountain of mobile devices announced, it is meant to be a huge announcement. Starting at 10 am PST tomorrow, and the invite sent out to media last week, caused the entire internet to explode with predictions of what Apple is going to announce, and here is mine. 

For starters, if you look at the invite above, you can see a Lion behind the Apple logo, which probably means that the next version of Mac OS will be announced as Mac OS 10.7 Lion, as all recent versions of Mac OS  are named after big cats. Main features of the new version of the new Mac OS that have been floating around are touch screen support, drastic speed increases and subtle UI changes to stuff like the dock and the menu bar. The reason that touchscreen is in there, is because Apple has filed several patents about touchscreen iMacs and MacBooks, and this would be a great time for Apple to include some parts of iOS into Mac OS, i.e. the touchscreen aspect. Call me an Apple fanboy, but I cannot see what drastically new features Apple could add, as I think it is as good as it can get, yet we will find out tomorrow. 


In terms of hardware, the rumours about the long overdue update to the MacBook Air are picking up again. These rumours are saying that the new MacBook Air will be smaller with a 11.6" screen, a new version of SSD that is similar to a stick of RAM that is supposedly really fast and even slimmer profile. There are also some rumours of the MacBook and the MacBook Pros being updated, but I don't think that will happen as the Mac laptops got updated around April, and the MacBook family usually have a refresh cycle of around 9-10 months. Alike the laptops, I do not think that the desktops will get updated as they got their refresh this summer. 

So, not long to wait until we find out so stay tuned to the live blogs like Engadget's for all the latest stuff coming out of Cupertino. However, it is still not clear if Apple will be streaming the event itself, like the iPod event, so get ready for the Lion to come out of the cage.

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Apple To Hold "Back To Mac" Event on 20th October


Yes your eyes aren't playing tricks on you. Apple is holding an event that is not about a mobile device! Weird huh? Anyway, what should you expect from this event? Well I presume Mac OS 10.7 Lion, hence the Lion in the background. No word on features but expect the usual speed increases and other stuff that is under the hood that we don't care about. In terms of hardware, I would put my money on a long over due update to the Macbook Air. Rumours say a 11.6" screen, more USB ports and a HD iSight camera. But, per usual nothing is certain till Jobs announces it on stage. And talking of the event, it starts at 10am PST on the 20th of October and hopefully it will be live streamed like the last Apple event.

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