Wednesday, January 19, 2011

The Mac App Store

The Mac App Store is here! It came out on January 6th, 2011. Here's a quick review on it.

On opening day, I was surprised where Apple put it on their Home Page (see the image below).


Anyway, to get the Mac App Store, you'll have to do a Software Update.


Once all that's done, a box pops up telling you you need to restart your computer. When you do that, you'll see the Mac App Store icon in your Dock to the right of the Finder icon. When you open the App Store, you'll see five headings up top: Featured, Top Charts, Categories, Purchases, and Updates.

Featured is where you'll find the "New and Noteworthy", "What's Hot", and "Staff Favorites".

Top Charts is where you can see "Top Paid", "Top Free", and "Top Grossing".

Categories is where you can see all the different categories of apps. For example, Photography, Games, Productivity, and so on and so forth.

Purchases is where you can see all your purchases. If you log in to the app store with your iTunes account on another computer, you can download them there as well.

Updates is exactly what you'd think it would be for. Showing you if any of your downloaded apps need an update.

When you download an app, the App Store will ask you for your iTunes username and password. When you do this, a transparent icon of the file you want to download will fly up and right into your dock.

Each app has a progress bar that tells you how much of the download is completed, which is really nice.

For those who want to uninstall the Mac App Store, Apple's not much help with that. As far as I know, there is no way to uninstall the App Store from your computer. You can however remove it from your dock just by dragging it off.

Anyway, just a short review on the Mac App Store. If you have any questions, feel free to comment below!

Thanks!
Stephen B.

3 comments:

Jordan Pirch said...

Yup! I Got it the day it came out!

Stephen Breagy said...

Ladies and Gentlemen,
I received a bit of information from Jordan Pirch:

"I think there might be a way to uninstall it: http://lifehacker.com/5730473/you-can-uninstall-the-mac-app-store-but-its-not-supported"

Stephen Breagy said...

Thanks Jordan!