Apple is preparing to launch its Mac App Store on Dec. 13, according to the latest rumors circulating around the blogosphere.
Apple could launch its Mac App Store Dec. 13, according to the latest rumors
circulating around the blogosphere. The PC version of the company's iOS App
Store will offer third-party developers the chance to offer low-cost programs
for both consumers and business users.
Quoting an unnamed "inside source," the
blog Appletell proclaimed in a Dec. 5 posting
: "Apple is targeting a
Monday, December 13 launch of the Mac App Store." Apple CEO
Steve Jobs had apparently pushed for an earlier release date, but Monday would
also position the Mac App Store to become an added incentive during the holiday
Other rumors suggest that Apple
will use that mid-December timeframe to launch its iOS 4.3 update
reportedly includes subscription-billing APIs, along with an iPad-only
newspaper, The Daily, being developed by News Corp.
News Corp magnate Rupert Murdoch seemed to confirm details of that
publication in a Nov. 9 interview with The
Australian Financial Review
. "I'm starting a paper in six weeks,"
he reportedly said. "It will only be seen on tablets. It will only employ
journalists-and maybe eight to 10
A few weeks later, John Gruber at Daring Fireball suggested that Apple and
News Corp would schedule The Daily's formal unveiling for early December. "The
date I've heard is Dec. 9, but that's a Thursday, which would be somewhat
unusual for an Apple press event," he wrote in a Nov. 22 posting. "My
guess is that they're telling people Dec. 9 but it might slip back to Tuesday
or Wednesday the week after."
If the information from Appletell proves correct, then in theory Apple could
host an event Dec. 13 that launches Mac App Store, along with iOS 4.3 and The
Daily. The iOS 4.3 update will supposedly improve AirPlay, which allows
mobile-device users to stream multimedia content such as television shows and
music to Apple TV and supported speakers.
Despite pressure from Google Android, a
number of analysts believe that Apple will manage to retain market share in the
. "Regardless of the overall strength during Black Friday
and the holiday season at large, we believe Apple has the products that
consumer demand," Ticonderoga Securities analyst Brian Write wrote in a
Nov. 29 research note, citing strength in the company's iPad, iPhone 4 and
MacBook Air lines.
latest Apple rumors also center on the company's refreshed MacBook Pro notebook
with blogs speculating that the next versions will include solid-state drives
and Intel's Light Peak,
an optical cable technology capable of transferring data at speeds up to 10GB
per second. The last MacBook Pro refresh was in April.