Talk:Mac App Store

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On the issue of the controversy section, while the developer does have to pay a fee to be part of the App Store distribution, the developer does not have to pay for the tools necessary to create applications for OS X. I'm new to the idea of editing THE Wikipedia (as opposed to lesser wikis), so I wanted to posit this here rather than actually editing. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 15:01, 4 December 2010 (UTC)

Don't worry, be happybold. Guy Harris (talk) 08:04, 9 January 2011 (UTC)

Controversy and updates[edit]

Speaking from a security point of view, the Mac App Store is a HUGE step forward. Most users do not update their software regularly, be it because it lacks an automatic updating system, it is not run often enough or whatever. This is a big security issue, as updates may include vulnerability fixes.

Edit: the introduction of the article on software update even mention fixing vulnerabilities.

Edit 2: In fact, it seems common sens that if general software updates improves security, having this built-in the OS for most of the application the user will ever use is really good. Comments appreciated.

Note: I'm quite new to WP editing, so I'm putting my thoughts here hoping someone may do the Right Thing.

HTH DokReggar (talk) 15:24, 10 December 2010 (UTC)

I don't see what you are wanting added to the article. If you clarify, I'll try to help. And by the way, welcome to Wikipedia! I wouldn't be too worried about editing on WP. If you mess up, it'll get fixed. --Thekmc (talk) 22:13, 6 January 2011 (UTC)


One thing not mentioned here yet is the DRM method; that's a very relevant piece of information. I looked around and it seems developers can opt to use "receipt checking" or not. --Stormwatch (talk) 20:30, 6 January 2011 (UTC)

Do you have any good sources to verify this? If so, please tell us so we can update the article. Thanks.--Thekmc (talk) 22:07, 7 January 2011 (UTC)

GPL apps?[edit]


The citation given is for iOS App Store. Feel free to re-add this if someone can find a citation based on the Mac App Store. Jrincayc (talk) 12:52, 11 January 2011 (UTC)

oops, I misread the article. :/ -- (talk) 21:42, 11 January 2011 (UTC)

While the GPL notice has been put back in it's worth noting that it's not true, as stated, for neither store. You can't distribute GPL software through either of the stores but this doesn't apply if you're the copyright holder of the work itself. The GPL allows (mainly because it's your inalienable right under copyright law) to have multiple licenses. This means you can release your binary in the store under the Apple License and your source code under the GPL and you'd be perfectly able to release the app but nobody else would (as they'd have to work with GPL code, which doesn't allow it). Others would be able to compile and release your app, but not through the store. eduo (talk) 16:27, 13 December 2011 (UTC)


It appears that developers have to pay a fee to Apple to have their software on App Store, even if it's free. And if it's not free, Apple takes a 30% cut. Both of these seem pretty major points about the App Store, and I cannot imagine why they are not included in the article. (talk) 18:32, 25 March 2011 (UTC)

Sole Update Method to Lion[edit]

Should something be mentioned about the Mac App Store being the only way to upgrade to Mac OS X 10.7 Lion and that the 10.6.8 Update to Snow Leopard updated the app store to allow the Lion upgrade? Kylalak (talk) 02:42, 24 June 2011 (UTC)

Article should be renamed, and further linked to it's mobile counterpart.[edit]

The article should clearly be renamed, as the program is only called the "App Store" on the dashboard, NOT the "Mac App Store". To be consistent with the other App Store article, it should be called "App Store(Mac)" as the other article is called "App Store(iOS)" and that would make things much more consistent and less confusing. There should also be a "for the iOS version of the store, see App Store(iOS)" thing at the top, and the iOS article should also be connected here at it's top as well, with the same notation.Colliric (talk) 06:15, 15 November 2013 (UTC)

@Colliric: I believe that "Mac App Store" is actually the correct name. Apple's promo page about the Mac App Store includes lines like "With the Mac App Store built into OS X, getting the apps you want has never been easier" as well as has the header text "The Mac App Store". Compare this with Apple's promo page about the iOS App Store, which just calls it the App Store ("The App Store has the best selection of mobile apps"). Theopolisme (talk) 16:04, 16 November 2013 (UTC)
You are correct. Not only is "Mac App Store" the common name, it's actually the official name as evidenced by Apples own web site. That's kind of a double edged sword. The only evidence presented is that it says "App Store" on the Mac dashboard. That's not good enough.I couldn't move it back myself so I asked for a technical move back to the original name. That does not mean that an RM could not be requested however. JOJ Hutton 16:47, 16 November 2013 (UTC)
I can see that, yes. However it also specifically states "The Mac App Store is just like the App Store for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch", meaning that it IS indeed ment to be interpreted as "Mac (version of the) App Store", hence if the name is changed back, it still needs to be linked to the "other version" at the top of the page, as Apple considers it the Mac version of the App Store, and on the computer itself it doesn't specifically say "Mac App Store" only says "App Store". Colliric (talk) 21:34, 16 November 2013 (UTC)
Yes, the hatnote is currently there ("For the iOS version of the software, see App Store (iOS).") and vice versa on the iOS article ("For the OS X desktop app store, see Mac App Store."). The correct title for this article is "Mac App Store" (per above) and the correct title for the iOS article is "App Store (iOS)", so I think we're a-ok here. Thanks, Theopolisme (talk) 22:51, 16 November 2013 (UTC)

I strongly disagree, as the two stores are for entirely different platforms. --Pauldunahoo (talk) 20:46, 1 December 2013 (UTC)

Needs Updates and Expansion[edit]

This article has remained nearly the same since the Mac App Store's introduction. As a result, it is time for this article to be updated and expanded. Please tag the article with the respective notices. --Pauldunahoo (talk) 20:47, 1 December 2013 (UTC)

  1. ^ David Murphy (8 January 2011). "Apple Pulls VLC Player from App Store Due to GPL". PC Magazine. Retrieved 8 January 2011.