2011 promises great things for Apple!

The Mac App Store! なるほど。これがMac App Storeか。なんか…...
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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:

  1. 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.
  2. Apple’s own Garageband, iPhoto and Pages – these are now available separately (£8.99 each).
  3. Twitter for Mac – currently the most popular free app on the store
  4. 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.

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