The holiday season is over but there are plenty of bargains still out there for anyone looking for Apple-related products. There is also plenty of other news too, with CES happening right now in Las Vegas.
The first CES took place in New York City in June of 1967 with 200 exhibitors and 17,500 attendees. Since then, CES has grown more than ten-fold. It is the world’s largest consumer technology tradeshow and it features around 2700 exhibitors, including companies who manufacture products or software. The show is often the place that manufacturers show off new products for the first time and so its a good place to get a taste of what is coming our way.
As well as CES, the new Mac App Store is up and running. Already there have been over 1 million downloads in its first day! Looks like Apple has created itself a winning formulae there. Highlights on the Mac App Store include:
- Angry Birds – the extremely popular game that has been a best-seller on the iOS platform for a while now. Current best-selling paid app on the store.
- Apple’s own Garageband, iPhoto and Pages – these are now available separately (£8.99 each).
- Twitter for Mac – currently the most popular free app on the store
- Aperture 3 – currently the highest grossing app on the store (available at £44.99)
The great thing about the new Mac App Store is that it recognises which apps are already installed on your computer. You can also use any app on each Mac you own (however many that is). All in all, these should add to the popularity of the app store and its certainly better than Microsoft’s limit of 3 pcs (with only some of it’s applications as well).
With Intel announcing it’s new range of i3, i5 and i7 CPU’s as well I am expecting an announcement soon about updates across the range of Macs and an end to the use of Core 2 Duo processors in the near future. More of that in a later post.
- 6 Mac App Store Bargains (thenextweb.com)
- Apple’s Mac App Store Now Live With 1,000 Apps [Apple] (gizmodo.com)
- Apple App Store Opens Up For Consumers; Angry Birds And Twitter For Mac Also Released (techie-buzz.com)
- Mac App Store: the good and the bad (tech.fortune.cnn.com)
- Apple Mac App Store launches (slashgear.com)
- Apple Launches Mac App Store, Sells iPhone 3GS for $49, Steals CES’s Thunder (fastcompany.com)
- Apple’s Mac App Store Has Launched, 1,000 Apps At The Start (AAPL) (businessinsider.com)
- Apple opens Mac App Store, discounts own software – Computerworld (news.google.com)
- Twitter Is Abuzz With CES-Related Chatter (mashable.com)
- Apple iPad 2 spotted at CES 2011 (dialtosave.co.uk)
- John Bergquist: Let them play: CES 2011 (huffingtonpost.com)
- CES 2011: Catching Up With Apple (informationweek.com)
- iPad 2 Shell Spotted At CES (AAPL) (businessinsider.com)
- Mac App Store: Easy Installation of Apps On All Your Macs. Goodbye, DMG. (macstories.net)
- TUAW’s Daily App: ArtRage (tuaw.com)
- Apple launches app store for Macs: Boom. (techvibes.com)
- Mac App Store tops 1m downloads in first day (slashgear.com)
- Mac App Store – Yep, this changes things (trishussey.com)
- Apple Mac App Store Alternatives (techie-buzz.com)
- Why You Should (and Shouldn’t) Care about CES [Ces2011] (gizmodo.com)
- CES Kicks Off With Focus on Tablets, Smart Phones, and Internet TVs (xconomy.com)