Mac App Store to open on CES Day 1

December 16, 2010, 3:44 PM UTC

The launch of Apple’s software platform coincides with the opening of a big electronics expo

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Here’s one way to keep your news from getting lost in the avalanche of press releases that hits the tech press every January at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas: Break it three weeks early.

That’s what Apple (AAPL) did Thursday when it announced that the Mac App Store will open for business on Jan. 6.

“The App Store revolutionized mobile apps,” said Steve Jobs in a prepared quote. “We hope to do the same for PC apps with the Mac App Store by making finding and buying PC apps easy and fun. We can’t wait to get started on January 6.”

Jan. 6 happens to be the first day of CES 2011, when Verizon (VZ) CEO Ivan Seidenberg is scheduled to deliver a keynote that many have speculated could signal the launch of the long-awaited Verizon iPhone.

You could argue round or flat — as the Boy Genius‘ Jonathan Geller did Wednesday — the likelihood of that happening at an event Steve Jobs doesn’t personally control.

Jobs announced the Mac App Store at the Oct. 20 “Back to the Mac” event and Apple began taking submissions from developers on Nov. 3.

Below: Apple’s press release.

CUPERTINO, California—December 16, 2010—Apple® today announced that the Mac® App Store℠ will open for business on Thursday, January 6. By bringing the revolutionary App Store experience to Mac OS® X, the Mac App Store makes discovering, installing and updating Mac apps easier than ever. The Mac App Store will be available in 90 countries at launch and will feature paid and free apps in categories like Education, Games, Graphics & Design, Lifestyle, Productivity and Utilities.

“The App Store revolutionized mobile apps,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “We hope to do the same for PC apps with the Mac App Store by making finding and buying PC apps easy and fun. We can’t wait to get started on January 6.”

The Mac App Store lets you browse new and noteworthy apps, find out what’s hot, view staff favorites, search categories and read customer ratings and reviews. Like on iPhone®, iPod touch® and iPad™, you can purchase, download and install apps in just one click and start using them immediately. Purchased apps can run on all of your personal Macs and updates are delivered directly through the Mac App Store so it’s easy to keep all of your apps up to date. The Mac App Store is available to Mac OS X Snow Leopard® users as a free download through Software Update.

Mac developers set the price for their apps, keep 70 percent of the sales revenue, are not charged for free apps and do not have to pay hosting, marketing or credit card fees. To find out more about developing for the Mac App Store visit

Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world, along with OS X, iLife, iWork, and professional software. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store. Apple is reinventing the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and has recently introduced its magical iPad which is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices.

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