[Updated Dec. 7th, 7:08 p.m. See below for details.]
An inside source has just told us that Apple is targeting a Monday, December 13th launch of the Mac App Store. The company apparently told developers to have their software prepared for a launch as early as Monday the 6th of this month, but our contact would be shocked if that happened at this point. Apple has made no official announcements regarding this, and delays could always happen, but there’s a push to be launched before Christmas, well ahead of the previously estimated January release. Guess from where this push has come.
Yes, that’s correct. Our source indicated that Steve Jobs wants an early release, and wanted to go even sooner on the 6th. That obviously didn’t happen, but Apple appears to be way ahead of schedule on the Mac App Store nonetheless, and looks to take advantage of the Christmas rush. It’s not a bad idea, of course. Although software always makes a good gift, it generally comes wrapped up with ribbons and bows. That won’t happen with a digital distribution system, but gift cards for said App Store would make those who nearly forgot about buying a gift look like they knew what they were doing all along.
As we learn more, we’ll report it here. Meanwhile, as we all look forward to seeing if Apple meets their December 13th target, learn more about what the Mac App Store is and what it means for the future of Macintosh software purchases at the links below.
[Update (Dec. 7th, 7:08 p.m.): Our source called us an hour ago to state that this isn't going to happen after all. "Word just came down," we're now told, that not only will Apple not have the Mac App Store ready to go on the 13th, but that, "...due to numerous issues," it's likely being pushed back to January once again. It's our guess that whatever caused Apple to miss their (rather optimistic) release on December 6th is proving more troublesome than originally thought. We didn't get any more details other than that our source and Apple are both "disappointed," so we're only left to apologize for getting everyone's hopes up. We'll stay on top of this, and will let you know if we get more substantial evidence that something is about to change.]