Apple has just released a new app that brings their online store into the palm of your hand. Given the self evident name Apple Store, the new app delivers much of what makes the Apple Store such a success.
Apple’s online store went offline on Thursday evening — sporting the usual “We’ll be back. We’re busy updating the Apple Store for you and will be back soon” missive (h/t to AllThingsD which spotted the store was AWOL).
Apple’s retail stores are famous, taking on almost the status of local landmarks with their flagship locations in cities like New York. But how exactly did the Mac maker position their brick-and-mortar sales operations as something larger than life?
Apple has been ‘pulling the string’ on the Apple TV for seven years now. Think about that one for a minute, it’s had a set-top box since before the iPhone.
During that time, the landscape of online video entertainment has completely changed, largely as a result of the iPhone, iPad and iTunes Store.
Apple has just announced the iPhone 5. And new iPods. And the fact that they’re number 1 in U.S. notebook sales. Oh, and that they’ve sold more than 400 million iOS devices in total. And one more thing, the App Store now has more than 700,000 apps.
But of course, the iPhone has taken the cake.
Presumably designed long ago to sneakily land smack-bang on the day that the CES show in Las Vegas starts in earnest, Apple’s “Mac App Store” has finally and officially opened at last, beating Microsoft to any PC App Store punch and set to make Apple a whole lotta extra moolah, no longer just on every sale of hardware, but now on the sale of any and all software through the Mac App Store, too!