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Apple to drop app downloads from site next month

Gregg Keizer, Computerworld | Dec. 21, 2010
Apple's move to stop offering applications from its Mac OS X download site the same day it opens the Mac App Store could leave some developers out in the cold.

A side effect of Downloads' demise will make it more difficult for users of older versions of Mac OS X to find software to download. "Apps that do not run on the currently shipping OS will be rejected," Apple's guidelines state.

When the Mac App Store launches next month, it will support only Snow Leopard, or Mac OS X 10.6, not the older Leopard (10.5) or Tiger (10.4). Several programs that appeared Monday in the top 10 on Downloads run on Tiger and/or Leopard as well as Snow Leopard.

Developers who want their software in the Mac App Store when it opens have until 5 p.m. Pacific time on Dec. 31 to submit their programs to Apple.

 

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