Mac App Store will arrive on 6 January

16 Dec 2010

The Mac App Store will open on 6 January, bringing the app experience to the Mac OS X, Apple has revealed.

While initially rumoured to be getting a launch before Christmas, it seems the Mac App Store will be with us in the new year.

The Mac App Store will be available in 90 countries at launch and will feature paid and free apps in categories such as education, games, graphics and design, lifestyle, productivity and utilities.

“The App Store revolutionised mobile apps,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO, in a statement.

“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 January 6.”

The store will let users browse new and notable apps, view Apple staff favourites, search categories and read reviews and ratings.

App downloads work similarly to the current App Store and install straight away.

Purchased apps run on all of the Macs owned by the user and updates are delivered through the store itself.

The Mac App Store will be available to Mac OS X Snow Leopard users as a free download through Software Update.

Developers of Mac apps will set the price of their creations and keep 70pc of revenue.