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Apple announces launch of Mac App Store

December 16, 2010 | 11:12 am

MacFollowing up on the success of its mobile App Store, Apple plans to begin selling personal computer apps online in January at its new Mac App Store.

The store will open for business Jan. 6 and will be available in 90 countries, according to an Apple news release. It will hawk free and paid apps in categories including games, education, graphics and design, lifestyle, productivity and utilities. Users will also be able to browse customer ratings and reviews and staff favorites.

"The App Store revolutionized mobile apps," Steve Jobs, Apple's chief executive, said in a written statement. “We hope to do the same for PC apps with the Mac App Store by making finding and buying PC apps easy and fun."

Apps purchased on the site will run immediately on all of the buyer's personal Macs.


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Photo: Mac Book Air laptops on display during an event at Apple headquarters in Cupertino, Calif., in October. Credit: Justin Sullivan / Getty Images