Money cannot buy happiness. Money could not buy happiness for Mac App Store customers over the past few years, but Apple seems to have found a way to make the Mac’s App Store more like the App Store for iPhone and iPad.
All it took was a little love.
That Apple decided to show some love the Mac App Store is not cause for surprise. MAS has become a vast wasteland of abandonware with far too many Mac apps which have not seen an upgrade in years. Many of the best and non-Apple apps are not to be found. Microsoft Office? Nope. Adobe Creative Cloud? Uh uh.
Even popular apps that I know, love, and have used for many years– BareBones BBEdit and Panic Transmit are good examples– are not available on MAS.
Too many developer restrictions, cumbersome upgrade and approval process, and the Mac App Store itself is clumsy to use and difficult to find the good applications that have fled anyway.
All that will change with the Mac App Store due with macOS Mojave in 2018.
macOS Mojave ushers in a new Dark Mode look– of a vector where charcoal design meets professional taste meets iOS App Store. A new sidebar features sections and easier ways to find applications. Get ready for editorial content similar to that for iOS apps, including badges for Editor’s Choice selections.
Somehow or another Apple made enough changes to the Mac App Store to entire Microsoft and Office 365 apps, Adobe Lightroom CC, BareBones BBEdit and Panic’s popular Transmit app, so maybe there is something goin on behind the scenes to attract developers to the House of Abandonware.
Why all this newfound love for the Mac App Store?
In just a few years MAS went from hopeful platform for Mac users and Mac app developers to something of a ghost town storefront of abandonware. If Office 365 and Adobe are parking their wares in MAS, then maybe Apple has a new revenue sharing plan coming to town.
Whatever it is, the new Mac App Store should look and work more like the App Store for iPhone and iPad which has helped to move $100-billion to developers over the past decade– far more than Google’s Play Store. And, if you’re a Mac users, you’re married to the Mac App Store anyway as that’s where upgrades to Apple’s own apps and macOS itself arrive.
Apple is showing some love for the Mac App Store and is it about time.
As always, we’ll see how it goes almost any improvement will be welcome.