Home computer equivalent of iOS App Store opens doors a little early with over 1,000 apps to download.
Apple’s Mac App Store, a version of its mobile software marketplace for Mac computers, has just launched in 90 countries, a few hours earlier than expected.
Users will need to update their Snow Leopard operating system to the newly-released Mac OS 10.6.6, and will find a link to the Mac App Store in their dock once the update completes.
Some 1,000 apps are available at launch, with apps working across all of a user’s personal Macs. iPhoto, iMovie and GarageBand, previously available as part of the iLife suite, can be downloaded individually for $14.99.
Pricing is expected to be broadly similar to the iOS store – as we noted when the store was first announced, developer terms are broadly the same across the two stores, though TUAW notes that compression costs an extra dollar.
“With more than 1,000 apps, the Mac App Store is off to a great start,” said Apple CEO Steve Jobs. “We think users are going to love this innovative new way to discover and buy their favorite apps.”