Apple’s Mac App Store Delayed Until 2011?

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When Steve Jobs took the stage at Apple’s most recent press conference, it was to announce a number of new products – both hardware, like the MacBook Air, and software, like the new iLife ’11 applications suite.  He also showed off the up and coming app store, which promises to bring iOS’ ease of installation to the desktop realm.

According to a few Mac-centric sites, the new Mac App Store might not be ready for launch until sometime this January.  Previous rumors had pegged the new store launch at December 13th, but that’s looking decreasingly likely as the date draws closer.

While that’s still not too far out, the news doesn’t end there – apparently, developers are being told that applications present in the Mac App Store will be subject to a number of rules and regulations.  No Game Center support is available, no in-app purchases are allowed and there will be no trials or demo software apps.  

Whether this is permanent or if some of the restrictions will be released once OS X Lion hits is unknown.



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