Shutters go up on Apple Mac App Store

It was rumoured, now it's fact – Apple's uber-successful software distro channel comes to the desktop

Apple’s Mac App Store – the desktop version of its world-beating App Store for iOS – has stocked the shelves, tidied the counter and flipped the sign in the window to ‘open’.

The one-stop shop for buying, downloading and installing software is available as part of Mac OS X Snow Leopard update 10.6.6 and carries over 1,000 apps at launch, a fractional fraction of the 300,000-plus apps available in Apple’s mobile store.

As well as the usual suspects (we’re determined not to mention a certain bunch of irate avian types), Apple’s iLife suite is available to buy as individual apps (£9 each), with productivity staples (Pages, Numbers and Keynote) ringing in at £12 a pop.

We’ll be peering into the window of Apple’s new shopfront shortly, and reporting back to tell you how we found the experience.