Apple to launch Mac App Store on January 7

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The Mac App Store, the desktop extension of the App Store found on the iOS devices, will open on January 7, 2011 in Australia, as part of a global launch of 90 countries – including the United States (because of the time difference, January 6) and New Zealand.

The store will be similar to the iOS App Store where you can find free and paid applications in similar categories, and will also feature one-click installation of applications.

For developers, 70 percent of the revenue goes to you and no payment is necessary for hosting, marketing or credit card fees – with pricing is up to the developer. However, applications are set to be vetted by Apple to be on the App Store, but unlike the iOS App Store, if an application has not been added to the App Store, then it can be found on alternative locations – such as the internet.

The Mac App Store is to be an additional download via Softeware Update for those using Snow Leopard (Mac OS X 10.6), and will be included in the next version of Mac OS X, 10.7 Lion.