Mac App Store goes live

The Mac version of the Apple App Store has this afternoon gone live around the world.

The online portal, highly similar to the iOS version in terms of function and presentation, comes bundled with Mac OSX update v10.6.6

It is said that 1,000 free and paid-for apps are already available across the service. Firemint’s Flight Control HD and Rovio’s Angry Birds are among some of the Mac App Store’s launch games.

Also note the presence of full-price titles such as TT Games’ LEGO Harry Potter for 29.99.

The iPhone App Store has become a major success story for Apple. In its first two years the online portal grossed around $1.4 billion, which Apple took a 30 per cent cut of.

The Mac App Store will again offer developers 70 per cent of royalties for apps. Like with iOS, an annual $99 license fee is required to sign up.

Story originally published on Develop

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