The Mac App Store launched this week. Users that install the Mac OS Snow Leopard 10.6.6 update allows a completely new way to purchase and install apps designed specifically for Apple's computers. The top titles on the iOS-style store include Angry Birds for $4.99, Chopper 2 for $1, and Flight Control HD for $4.99 - according to Shacknews. Around 100 games are available in the store, along with a handful of other products such as apps and utilities.
The new Mac App Store is a start but it has a long way to go before it can compete with the likes of Steam on Mac which has infinitely more products available for purchase - at least for now.
On a related note, Mac hack group Hackulous claimed within hours of the store's launch yesterday that it had managed to hack the store. The group plans to release a hack in February called "Kickback." Here is what the group said:
"We don’t want to release kickback as soon as the [Mac App] Store gets released. I have a few reasons for that. Most of the applications that go on the Mac App Store [in the first instance] will be decent, they’ll be pretty good. Apple is not going to put crap on the App Store as soon as it gets released. It’ll probably take months for the App Store to actually have a bunch of crappy applications and when we feel that it has a lot of crap in it, we’ll probably release Kickback. So we’re not going to release Kickback until well after the store’s been established, well after developers have gotten their applications up. We don’t want to devalue applications and frustrate developers."
More on that part of the story as it develops.