Apple revolutionized online application purchases with the iTunes App Store for iPhone. The Mac App Store is similar. Apps for the Mac. One location. Easy purchase and downloads. Easy updates. And, generally speaking, lower prices for Mac apps.
Let The Disappointment Begin
Apple has become famous for launching simple apps and adding complexity over time. That’s the Mac App Store. What I’m waiting for are upgrades, better sorting, qualified user reviews.
First, upgrades. If you buy an app on the Mac App Store, upgrades are mostly automatic. But there are two problems. One has to do with update delays. Non Mac App Store versions of the same app may hit the streets weeks before the MAS version. Another has to do with original purchases. If you bought the app from the developer, it looks as if you’re locked into using the developer forever for upgrades. Or, you have to buy the app again from MAS.
Second, no trial apps. No try-before-you-buy. Smart developers get around that MAS limitation with free lite versions, or even provide a trial version from their web site. But that’s cumbersome when it could be built into MAS.
Third, sorting. I want to be able to sort all the graphic and design apps by more than just release date or name. How about most popular and release date (to ensure you’re getting apps that are updated frequently)?
Finally, the reviews themselves are subject to no user qualification, other than having bought or downloaded the app. Users with thorough reviews and a reputation should have some kind of star attached to their review, so a prospective buyer has someone to trust. The words app sucks and a single star is not a review.
I both like and use the Mac App Store, but as with many apps in the first few versions from Apple, it needs some seasoning.