My daily readings 10/26/2010

    • Specifically for us, the good thing is that once we are in the Store, we will finally be able to focus completely on Pixelmator improvements, quality, and new features instead of worrying about how to reach our customers (we need as many customers as possible to continue or even boost our innovation march), build the best website, or manage a Web store. We would be very happy to be able to simply focus on creating the best image editor for the Mac.

      Other benefits of being in the Mac App Store include the fact that we won’t need to spend time and energy developing our own update systems (though I really do like our software update), Web store shelves, licensing systems, anti-piracy measures, and other things like that. We are good at creating the best Mac apps – and should do only that.

      So, I just wanted to clearly state that the Pixelmator Team is very excited about and will totally support the new Mac App Store. Pixelmator will definitely be there.

    • Apple is selling more Macs than ever right now, a total of almost 14 million in the last year. And with 50 million Mac users worldwide, it’s now a $22 billion business for Apple annually, COO Tim Cook reported Wednesday.

      Last week, IDC reported that Apple had grabbed 10.6 percent of the PC market, good enough for third place in the U.S. market behind Hewlett-Packard and Dell.

    • “Apple sets a high bar,” it says. “If your user interface is complex or less than very good it may be rejected.” Apple also warns that apps that try to alter the native user interface elements of Mac OS X are not allowed.
    • No. Unlike the iOS App Store, Apple doesn’t play the same gatekeeping role with the Mac App Store–at least for now. You can still buy and install software other ways: from a CD, from a USB key, or from the Web. As Jobs put it, the App Store is not the only way to get apps onto a Mac, but it’s “the best way.”

      But looking ahead, it’s not hard to imagine Apple going chiefly with this method of software downloading someday.

      At the Mac event, Jobs also introduced two new models of the MacBook Air, which he called “the future of the MacBook.” Neither of those have optical drives, so downloading from an App Store or the Web could very well be where he eventually sees most desktop software going.

    • Who’s going to want to give 30 percent of their revenue to Apple if they have other options? Again, the bigger software makers may be less excited by this idea, but smaller ones are very likely to be interested.
    • And this store may give rise to a whole new crop of small apps that otherwise might get lost in the sea of web apps — or not exist at all. You could certainly make the case that great new services like Instagram would have never existed without the iPhone App Store. Perhaps the Mac App Store will lead to developers creating new experiences and a new crop of apps as well.

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