Mac App Store

The Mac App Store is a powered Apple Online platform for distribution of software for Mac OS X. It is similar to the App Store opened in 2008 for the iOS platform.


The Mac App Store was announced on 20 October 2010 at the event "Back to the Mac ". Since November 3, 2010 Software could submit for the distribution platform in the Apple Developer Connection (ADC ) registered software developers. Version 1.0 was released on January 6, 2011 with Mac OS X 10.6.6. On the first day Apple reported more than one million downloaded applications.

The operating system Mac OS X Lion was first available after the publication in July 2011 only through the Mac App Store, only a few weeks later it appeared on a physical medium.

On December 12, 2011 Apple announced that over 100 million apps have been downloaded from the Mac App Store. Downloads of OS X Lion, as well as updates to the preloaded programs were not counted.

Development of software for the store

The software available on the Mac App Store comes to a large extent not by Apple itself but by third party companies and freelance programmers. Apple offers the Xcode development environment for free and to publish a program in the Mac App Store but a paid registration to the Mac Developer Program is necessary. Apple submits each program submitted for review and decide on the release.

Programs can be offered for free or at cost. The price is determined by the developer, while the prices follow a predetermined steps of Apple scheme (price tiers ). From the sales achieved 30 % will be retained as fees from Apple.