On January 6th, Apple launched their Mac App Store. Pundits have taken pretty polarizing views on the store, with some hailing it as a boon to indie developers (since they can (trivially) publish to a world stage without worrying about credit card transactions) while others say that this is yet another way for Apple to exert big brother type control.
I think it’s a healthy dose of both. As I mentioned in the past, Apple does have an amazing ability to create markets (and in the process, value) where there previously were none. Sure there were app developers before the iPhone App Store, but the question is: “How many smart phone apps did you buy before you got your iPhone?“. I had several smart phones before my iPhone, but never bought an app for any of them. Of course this does put Apple in an enviable position, with identities, credit cards and eyeballs of millions of customers.
A little while back I released iTried, a simple utility that uses the built-in iSight camera to take a picture of the person at the keyboard when the apple screensaver is disturbed. I figured it would be worth checking out the submission process (which was surprisingly painless and efficient). So today, you should be able to grab iTried from the Store..
Disclaimer: It’s exactly the same version i previously released online for free, and i don’t plan on retiring on the proceeds, so if you want a copy but don’t want to pay for it, just drop me an email.