Apple's Mac App Store: 4 Reasons Why It Matters
Apple, which became the world's second most valuable company this week, will launch its Mac App store in 90 countries at noon EST on Thursday.
Steve Jobs hopes this move will "revolutionize" apps for your PC the way the App Store did for your phone "by making finding and buying PC apps easy and fun."
The store will feature both paid and free apps in categories such as Education, Games, Graphics & Design, Lifestyle, Productivity and Utilities. Surge Desk rounds up opinions on the ways the store will likely change the tech world forever.
1. This marks the final stage in Apple's killing of the compact disc
TechCrunch argues that Apple already killed the CD with iTunes and the need for anything but a USB with its MacBook Air. Now you'll be able to install programs onto your computer within seconds after a simple download. We hear those old floppy disks and CDs can make for nice coasters, though.
2. Mac users will get their money's worth
Early screen shots reportedly show Apple software to be significantly cheaper to buy through the store, according to TechNewsDaily.
3. The Mac world will be democratized
Anyone with an iTunes account -- yes, even your computer-illiterate grandparents -- will be able to download and install apps and software with just the click of the button thanks to the easy-to-use design of the site.
4. Your computer will be safer
PC World adds that one of the store's functions will be to get users the latest updates for their software, which is important for security. Users can also benefit from Apple's rigorous app approval policies, which guarantee good quality and full functionality (no more "free" demos that incur fees after you download).
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