Although the App Store was launched on the iPhone in July 2008, the Mac App Store was not available until January 6, 2011, when Apple released Mac OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.6. Therefore, the Mac App Store had its 10th anniversary yesterday.
The Mac App Store has achieved some milestone achievements in its first year of establishment. The number of downloads on the first day exceeded 1 million. By December 2011, the number of downloads exceeded 100 million.
Apple has reviewed all applications submitted to the Mac App Store and must be sandboxed. This security mechanism helps protect user data from unauthorized access by applications. Developers can choose to distribute their software directly on the Internet, but all Mac applications must be certified by Apple to run on macOS by default, and in the future ensure that these applications are free of known malware.
Like the App Store on other platforms, Apple receives a 30% commission from developers for the sale of paid Mac applications and in-app purchases related to digital goods and services. However, Apple recently launched a small business program that reduces the commission rate for developers to 15%.
Since its inception, the Mac App Store has also attracted a lot of criticism from developers. Over the years, Apple has provided free trials by allowing developers to purchase in-app purchases, creating app bundles, distributing apps as universal purchases on multiple Apple platforms, viewing Mac app analysis, responding to customer reviews and more information. For other reasons, some developers are still dissatisfied with the Mac App Store.
In 2018, the Mac App Store was redesigned as part of macOS Mojave, with a new “discovery” tab, highlighting popular apps and games, and Apple also relaxed its sandbox regulations. Soon after these changes, Microsoft Office and Adobe Lightroom were launched on the Mac App Store, and some popular applications (such as BBEdit and Transmit) returned to the Mac App Store.
In 2019, with the release of Xcode 11 macOS Catalina and Apple make it easy for developers to create a Mac version of the iPad application. In most cases, adding macOS support to the iPad app is easy.
2019 also marks the release of Apple’s Arcade service, which has its own label in the Mac App Store and is used for discovery as part of the subscription service.
Another advancement for the Mac App Store is in 2020 when Apple made iPhone and iPad apps with Apple chips available because the M1 chip in the Mac has the same Arm architecture as the A-series chips in the iPhone and iPad. All in all, in the past 10 years, Apple has indeed made progress on the Mac App Store, but some developers believe that the store needs further improvement.
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