Apple today announced the latest addition to their “app family” the Mac App Store. The store allows you to download apps for your Mac or Macbook in the same way you would for the iPhone or iPad. This means, apps are now easier to download & update.
Personally, I think this is a HUGE game changer in the way we work and use Mac’s. Now, when a new software package is released, it is available instantly. No longer do we have to scout the Apple shop or Incredible Correction for the latest software, and pay hugely inflated prices.
The app store is linked to your iTunes account, and uses the same billing details. This means, that if you have a US iTunes account, you will have access to most of the apps. From what I can see, the SA store will not have as big a selection. Also you won’t be able to get things like games etc in the SA Store. Be sure to top up your US iTunes account with some iTunes vouchers from the guys at iTunesUSA or EvoPoints with some credit, and go buy some cool new apps :)
To get the app store on your Mac, you need to do a check for software update. This will install the update and a new icon will appear next to your Finder icon. We will also be profiling some of the apps from the app store here from time to time.