Mac App Store & Mac OS X 10.6.6 Download Available

Jan 6, 2011 - 14 Comments

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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.

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Posted by: Manish Patel in Mac OS X, News

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  1. [...] The Mac App Store download is included as part of the Mac OS X 10.6.6 System Update. You can get it [...]

  2. Marc says:

    As an aside, it is interesting to note that; similar to the way that iTunes 10.x departed from standard interface design (a la Title Bar and window controls), so too with the App Store application button bar / Title bar.

    • Parakeet says:

      I noticed this too with the floating window action buttons that sit next to the back/forward buttons rather than above them. Could be a trend, although I don’t know how I feel about it.

      Anyone have word on how to change this back to normal?

  3. [...] Mac OS X 10.6.6 and the Mac App Store was just released and it will be a particularly popular software. If you have trouble getting the new Mac OS X release an App Store from Software Update, or if you’d rather use a combo updater, or just download the file for multiple machine installations, you can use these direct download links: [...]

  4. Jay says:

    I can’t even sign in to purchase any apps, the sign in window appears but i cannot enter an info

  5. Sheryl says:

    I love the Mac App store. I reviewed the applications that I have on my Mac and actually removed a few that I never use (strange way to celebrate, I know), but then added a couple new ones that I had been previously considering and now finally decided to get. Installation from the store is charmingly simple.

  6. Manish says:

    I think this is great move for apple. In the past Macs have always had issues with developers producing programs and games. But with the iPhone and iPad developers will naturally want to close the loop and produce the program for the entire apple line. I can’t wait to see what happens to by the end of the year. Could we have a billion apps?

  7. Pbbbbft says:

    Hmmmm… great….

    Who much you wanna bet that, in the future, they will restrict our software purchases to those AUTHORIZED and available on the macc app store (like they do with IOS)

    sorry but no thanks.

    • MacMike says:

      You could be right about restricting apps in the future. On the other hand, there are an awful lot of Mac developers out there already. On the other hand, I was pretty much underwhelmed by the current offerings on the Mac App Store. Found little of interest and even less than I already knew about. I removed it from the Dock; don’t need it to take up space.

      • MacMike says:

        Wait, that was supposed to be “Found little of interest and even less that I didn’t already know about.”

      • Jared says:

        same situation here, all the apps I need I already have on my Mac… I hope it spurs more development for Mac OS X but in the meantime it’s all things that were already available elsewhere.

  8. Tom Lake says:

    Pbbbbft:

    Yup, that’s what it seems like. Especially with Mac OS X Lion in the wings. OS X will even look like iOS. This won’t phase many Appleniks but it might scare away potential Windows converts.

  9. [...] on the Mac App Store. Yes, that means you’ll need to get the App Store first (part of the Mac OS X 10.6.6 update) so get that before joining the Minesweeping [...]

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