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Mac App Store Set to "Open Soon"

It has been a few weeks since we last heard anything about the Mac App Store, but last night Apple emailed developers enrolled in the Mac development program to let them know that the store would be “Coming Soon.”

The email from Apple noted, “The Mac App Store will be open soon, providing customers around the world a new way to explore and purchase apps made just for Mac. Ensure your app is ready when we open the Mac App Store — submit it for review today.”

The email went on to tell developers what they needed in order to submit Mac apps, “Log in to the Mac Dev Center for details on setting up an iTunes Connect account, creating Apple-issued Mac Distribution Certificates, and preparing your apps for the review process.”

When the Mac App Store was first detailed back in October, Steve Jobs said the store would be opened within 90-days. If this email confirms Apple’s plans, then we could see a Mac App Store in December or early January.

via 9to5 Mac


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Id Software's Mutant Bash TV Approved for App Store, Should Be Available for Sale on Thursday

According to a recent tweet by Id Software gaming mogul John Carmack, the Rage-engine-based Mutant Bash TV was approved by Apple’s App Store and should be available tomorrow morning. 

Strangely enough, the title doesn’t seem to be available anywhere else internationally, meaning it could take a bit to filter through the regional App Store networks. Either way, come tomorrow, there shall be enraged mutants trying to kill you–but that’s not always a bad thing.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.



Apple Seeds Mac OS X 10.6.6 to Developers, Supports Mac App Store

Mac App Store
(Image courtesy of Cult of Mac)

We know what you’re thinking — Apple hasn’t even released Mac OS X 10.6.5 to users yet and already they’ve moved on to 10.6.6, which was seeded to developers late Thursday? Strange but true.

Cult of Mac is reporting that the Snow Leopard updates march on, with developers seeding an early build of Mac OS X 10.6.6 to developers on Thursday even before they’ve released the final version of Mac OS X 10.6.5 to users — which is expected any day now.

For the moment at least, the sole focus of Mac OS X 10.6.6 appears to lie with the forthcoming Mac App Store, which Apple began soliciting apps for earlier this week. 9to5Mac notes that Build 10J521 of Mac OS X 10.6.6 contains “no documented known issues” and the sole focus being “developer support for fetching and renewing App Store receipts.”

Further proof that Mac OS X 10.6.6 doesn’t offer much beyond the Mac App Store is the size of the update — a mere 3.7MB, while the pending 10.6.5 is expected to be nearly 500MB by comparison.

The Mac App Store is expected within 90 days of being announced on October 20, so presumably that will also give time for Apple to address any bugs found when Mac OS X 10.6.5 is released to users. It’s been widely expected this week, since the iOS 4.2 gold master released this week appears to require it in order to use the AirPrint feature.

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Apple is Now Accepting Mac App Store Submissions from Developers

Apple just sent an email out to developers noting that they can begin submitting applications for review. Apple noted at the last press conference that they planned to open the Mac App Store within 90-days and that developers would be able to start submitting applications in November.

According to the email, “The Mac App Store will be opening soon. You can get ready by submitting your Mac apps for review now. Log in to the Mac Dev Center for details on setting up an iTunes Connect account, creating Apple-issued Mac Distribution Certificates, and preparing your apps for the review process.”

There is still no definitive date for the Mac App Store opening date, but it is nice to know that developers will be able to start submitting apps today.


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VLC Media Player in Danger of Being Pulled from App Store

Maybe you heard about it over the weekend, but VLC, the open source multimedia player application, is in serious danger of being pulled from the App Store because of a formal copyright complaint.

The official statement is as follows:

“Today, a formal notification of copyright infringement was sent to Apple Inc. regarding distribution of the VLC media player for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. VLC media player is free software licensed solely under the terms of the open source GNU General Public License (a.k.a. GPL). Those terms are contradicted by the products usage rules of the AppStore through which Apple delivers applications to users of its mobile devices.”

The app is still in the store at the moment, but it might not be there for long. Go and get it! [iTunes link]


That Was Fast: iPhone 4 Sells Out on Chinese Apple Online Store

iPhone 4 sold out at China online store
(Image courtesy of 9to5Mac)

Apple successfully launched its online store in China this week, which as usual includes the company’s iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS handsets — the latter of which promptly sold out a record-breaking 10 hours later.

9to5Mac is reporting that Apple’s launch of its Chinese online store was apparently more successful than anticipated, with the popular iPhone 4 selling out only 10 hours after the store’s virtual doors opened.

It’s an ironic situation, because with stocks depleted at both Apple brick and mortar locations in China (where the company has stopped selling the handset) and now the online store’s virtual shelves cleared out, the scalpers are the only place to get them — and they were the ones so quick to grab all of the stock in the first place.

“All mobile phones are now sold through the online store and customers must pay the money after the order is made, then the company will distribute it to the designated place for free,” Apple retail store staff in Beijing told People’s Daily.

Exclusive carrier China Unicom claims that availability of the iPhone 4 will improve “after November,” with the same report also claiming that the mythical CDMA iPhone may also debut on competing carrier China Telecom’s network next year.

So what’s behind the rabid popularity of the device in China? According to a first-hand report from MIC Gadget posted on MacRumors, “The people here do not mind about the price, they just wish to buy one and tell their friends that they have got an iPhone 4.”

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iBook Store Floundering Six Months After Launch

When Steve Jobs talked up iBooks earlier this year, it sounded like it had the potential to put reigning e-book champions such as Barnes & Noble and Amazon on the ropes.

However, after six months of offering up downloadable text content to capable iOS devices, it appears that the once seemingly mighty contender hasn’t been able to do much more than land a few rabbit punches. Despite the iPad’s rabid popularity, neither major publishers, nor the book buying public have embraced iBooks.

After more than half a year online, Apple’s iBook Store is still only offering up approximately 60,000 titles. When held up against the 700,000 titles offered by Amazon for their Kindle reader software and hardware solutions, Cupertino’s library looks pretty weak. Did we mention that about half of the titles available as iBooks are also available from Project Gutenberg? C’mon Steve, this is embarrassing.

The ever-vigilant Apple watchers over at The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW, y’all) have published a fascinating, if not somewhat depressing read on the current state of Apple’s once promising e-book portal, covering what works, what has failed and a few explanations for all of the above. Some of the biggest sticking points included a limited offering of books that appear in the much touted New York Times Best Seller’s List, higher prices than other e-book retailers and the utter non-existence of a recommendation system, which given Apple’s implementation of the Genius feature in iTunes, is more than a little baffling.

With how Apple’s vision has changed the very shape of the music industry, it’s surprising that they’ve yet to gain traction in the area of peddling virtual pages. Let’s hope, for those who enjoy both their iOS devices as well as a good read from time to time, they get it right eventually.


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Podcast #161: Apps on Apple TV and Microsoft Slated to Open Store Across From Apple Store

Looks like the iOS implementation on the Apple TV can be jailbroken to install apps. Too bad you can’t actually launch the apps with a Launcher. Fingers crossed for a Launched on the Apple TV soon.

Microsoft decides to throw the retail gauntlet down and plans on opening a store across from the Apple Store in the Mall of America. Will there be a dance off? A stare down? Can we get our listeners to walk into the Microsoft Store and ask for an iPhone? Only time will tell.

And finally, the iPad has a faster adoption rate than DVD. That’s insane!

Plus, we answer your hard-hitting Facebook and Twitter questions.

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Video: Mall of America Pits Apple Against New Microsoft Store

Mall of America Microsoft vs. Apple
(Image and video courtesy of 9to5Mac)

It looks like the folks in Redmond have fired up their copying machines again, this time taking the bold move of building a new Microsoft Store right across the hall from an already-existing Apple Store in the Mall of America.

9to5Mac is reporting that the latest Apple versus Microsoft skirmish has come to the Mall of America, the 4.2 million square foot shopping goliath in Bloomington, Minnesota (located in a suburb of the popular Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul). As you can see from the photo above, Steve Ballmer and Company are erecting a new Microsoft Store across the aisle from the existing Apple Store, which will certainly make for some potentially awkward (but interesting) moments between staff members at the two retailers.

Microsoft currently has four stores open, but the Mall of America location threatens to be much, much larger than Apple’s current location there, if the embedded YouTube video below is any indication — and that’s saying something, since Apple’s location there is already pretty good size.

If we had to guess, we’d say somebody is gonna lose their job once this particular Microsoft Store opens — can there really be room for both right across from each other in such a huge retail space? Time will tell.

Personally, we’d like to see some late-night water balloon fights between the stores, or perhaps a spirited game of dodgeball once the crowds have dispersed for the day. Now that would be entertainment…

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PlayOn Mobile for iPhone Lands in App Store

PlayOn Mobile

September was a landmark month for the App Store, which saw Apple loosen many of their previous restrictions and allow apps that might have otherwise been kicked to the curb in the past. This week, PlayOn Mobile joined the ranks.

TUAW is reporting that PlayOn Mobile for iPhone has been approved and is now available as a free download. Many Mac users may not have heard of PlayOn, since the software is (for now, at least) Windows-based, but it does a great job of pulling video from various websites and streaming it to your HDTV — including TV network sites like, who stubbornly remain devoted to Adobe Flash and don’t offer full episodes via iOS devices.

“PlayOn Mobile lets you watch Internet TV on your iPhone,” the app description reads. “You can connect via Wi-Fi or 3G and as long as PlayOn is running on your PC, you can access all PlayOn features.” Prior to the app being approved, the company provided an HTML5 workaround via Mobile Safari to stream content, but that’s no longer necessary with a native app.

While the PlayOn Mobile app is free, the Windows-based software that drives the streaming is not — you’ll have to pay .99 for the first year and .99 for each additional year, or you have the option of plunking down .99 for a lifetime subscription.

So what makes PlayOn so great? The long list of content providers, many of which otherwise aren’t available on iOS devices, such as Comedy Central and the aforementioned CBS. You’ll also get one-stop access to, Netflix, Hulu and many others as well, which makes PlayOn Mobile an attractive option.

PlayOn Mobile is available now as a free download from the App Store and requires iOS 3.0 or later. It’s compatible with the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, although the app is not yet universal for optimal playback on the iPad.

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