Apple has released iOS 5.1 beta 2 (Build 9B5127c) to developers. The biggest alteration in this build in the inclusion of the much-requested feature of Photo Stream photo deletion. Apple also pushed out new builds of Xcode 4.3 and the Apple TV software. In other slightly-related, developer-y news, Apple has announced that the Mac App […]
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Apple Issues iOS 5.1 Beta 2 to Developers, Mac App Store Makes 100 Million Downloads

appstore_icon20101020.jpgApple has released iOS 5.1 beta 2 (Build 9B5127c) to developers. The biggest alteration in this build in the inclusion of the much-requested feature of Photo Stream photo deletion. Apple also pushed out new builds of Xcode 4.3 and the Apple TV software.

In other slightly-related, developer-y news, Apple has announced that the Mac App Store, in less than a year of being open for business, has passed 100 million downloads. Apple later noted that this number did not include OS X Lion purchases, updates to previously purchased apps, or repeat downloads of the same app across multiple machines.

Compare this to the iOS App Store’s explosive growth, which saw 100 million downloads in three months time in 2008. However, if you consider that the Mac has a smaller audience, few applications, a higher average price, and the fact that Mac applications can be purchased and downloaded outside of the store, and this number suddenly becomes that much more amazing.

I’ve stated this suspicion before, but as Apple moves farther and farther away from optical drives, and considering the success of the iOS App Store, it would not surprise me in the least if the next version of OS X, by default, only allowed for the installation of applications through the Mac App Store. This would make it easier for customers, and cut down on potential malware threats.

However, I can see Apple retaining some of their openness, and allowing for applications to be installed from outside of the Mac App Store with the flip of a setting in the Settings app. Think of a situation similar to Android. One switch and a disclaimer later, and you can install what you want.

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