It becomes the more true that people will cut costs on some aspects of their lives, but will not reduce expenses for their gadgets, from computers to smartphones. Recent data comes to support this attitude, as Apple’s Mac Store scores 100 million downloads.
On Monday, Apple announced that its Mac App Store scored over 100 million downloads since early January, showing that interest for iOS apps is just as significant as that for iPhone and iPad.
The company released the store in January this year and announced a raving success just one day after. Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing, said: “In just three years the App Store changed how people get mobile apps, and now the Mac App Store is changing the traditional PC software industry”. He added that reaching the 100 million downloads level makes the Mac App Store “the largest and fastest growing PC software store in the world”.
Currently the App Store has more than 500,000 apps and its customers have downloaded more than 18 billion apps. The company expects them to continue to download more than 1 billion apps per month.
An important part of the Mac App Store is dedicated to users looking for djay apps. “In less than one year we’ve shifted the distribution of djay for Mac exclusively to the Mac App Store. With just a few clicks, djay for Mac is available to customers in 123 worldwide”.
Google announced that users have made 10 billion downloads. The company estimates Android Market’s download rate to grow by 1 billion apps per month. Compared with Apple’s success, Google is just starting.
In other related news, starting March, 2012, Apple will require that apps sold in the Mac App Store to operate in a sandbox, so it will limit the system resources available to programs. The company explained: “The vast majority of Mac users have been free from malware and we’re working on technologies to help keep it that way”.
As stated by Apple, “sandboxing your app is a great way to protect systems and users by limiting the resources apps can access and making it more difficult for malicious software to compromise users’ systems”.