Mac App Store & Mac OS X 10.6.6 Download Available
The Mac App Store has been released as part of the Mac OS X 10.6.6 System Update. The release notes are brief, and although the 10.6.6 update includes a few security and bug fixes, the majority of the release is geared to support the Mac App Store.
The Mac OS X 10.6.6 Update is recommended for all users running Mac OS X Snow Leopard and includes general operating system fixes that enhance the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac. It also includes the Mac App Store, the best way to discover and buy new apps for your Mac. The Mac App Store, a new application you’ll find in the Dock, includes the following features:
Discover Mac apps: Browse featured apps, top charts, and categories, or search for something specific. Read detailed app descriptions and user reviews, and flip through screen shots.
Buy and install: Easily purchase apps with your iTunes account. Apps install in one step and are quickly available from the Dock.
App updates: The Mac App Store keeps track of all your purchased apps and notifies you when free updates are available.
Download Mac App Store & Mac OS X 10.6.6
Because the Mac App Store is part of the 10.6.6 update, you must download that system update to get the Mac App Store, you will not see it as an individual download.
- Go to the Apple menu
- Select “Software Update”
- Be sure that the checkbox next to “Mac OS X Update” is checked
- Click on “Install Items” and let the installation proceed and your Mac reboot
Update: If you have troubles getting the update or would rather have the dmg file stored locally, you can use Mac OS X 10.6.6 direct download links as well.
The Mac App Store is expected to be a big hit for the Mac OS X platform, much like the iTunes App Store has been a huge success for iOS and the iPhone and iPad. Featuring an easy download and installation process, the Mac App Store has launched with an available software library of over 1000 titles from independent developers and industry leaders alike.