Apple Launches New Mac App Store

Apple has today launched its new Mac app store, enabling Mac owners to download applications from a centralized location via iTunes.

Users have already downloaded over 7 billion apps from a choice of over 300,000 since the iPhone App Store opened in 2008, Reuters reports.

Much like the iPhone app store, independent developers will be able to sell their Mac-specific apps on the Mac app store, giving Apple an agreed slice of their revenue.

Developers are free to set their own price for their apps, but Apple will keep 30 per cent of any sales revenue. Apple will also sell their own software in the new store.

Apple CEO Steve Jobs said in a press release: “The App Store revolutionised 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 6 January”.