Apple Launches Mac App Store

Mac OS X Lion

Apple has just launched the Mac App Store for the Mac users like the App Store for iOS devices. Apple had unveiled the Mac App Store at the Back To Mac event held in October 2010.

Apple has also released Mac OS X 10.6.6 as it is required to access the Mac App Store, which is available via Software Update.

Apple issued the following statement on their website to announce the launch of the Mac App Store:

Apple today announced that the Mac App Store is now open for business with more than 1,000 free and paid apps. The Mac App Store brings the revolutionary App Store experience to the Mac, so you can find great new apps, buy them using your iTunes account, download and install them in just one step. The Mac App Store is available for Snow Leopard users through Software Update as part of Mac OS X v10.6.6.

“With more than 1,000 apps, the Mac App Store is off to a great start,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “We think users are going to love this innovative new way to discover and buy their favorite apps.”

Apple has also provide a sneak peak at some of the prices for the applications available on the Mac App Store:

iPhoto®, iMovie® and GarageBand® apps from Apple’s popular iLife® ‘11 suite are available individually in the Mac App Store for $14.99 each, and Pages®, Keynote® and Numbers® apps from iWork® are available for $19.99 each. Aperture® 3, Apple’s powerful photo editing and management software, is available for $79.99.

The Mac App Store comes with all the features that will make it very easy to discover, buy, download, install and update apps. In addition to the Apps from Apple, the Mac App Store also include some of the popular iOS apps like Twitter (for Mac), Flight Control, Angry Birds, Things etc.

Users will also be able to use the apps that they’ve purchases on every Mac they use just like on iOS devices.

You can install Mac OS X 10.6.6 via the Software Update.

Do you plan to use the Mac App Store? Let us know what you think in the comments.

[via Apple]