Mac App Store Release Date Imminent? Mac OS X 10.6.6 GM Released, Offers Hints
It wasn’t long ago that 10.6.5 came out, but now Mac OS X 10.6.6 GM has been released to developers. So what’s the big deal? Well, the next Mac OS X update includes “developer support for fetching and renewing App Store receipts” suggesting that the release date of the Mac App Store is imminent.
Other notes on the new OS X build refer to changes to Bonjour, Spotlight, OpenGL (perhaps further improving gaming performance), and printing. The printing reference may refer to an expansion of AirPrint compatible printers beyond the twelve HP models that are currently supported to work with the iOS 4.2.1 wireless printing technology.
Apple originally announced that the Mac App Store would be out “within 90 days” of the October Mac OS X 10.7 announcement, but rumors have since gone both ways; some say that the Mac App Store will be released before years end and others suggest it will be pushed live in January 2011.
I would be really pleased to see the Mac App Store released before the end of 2010, and I think the chances are pretty good if the Mac OS X 10.6.6 update is pushed to the public in the next week or two. Let’s keep our fingers crossed.