Rumor: Mac OS X 10.7 to have iPhone Like App Store and App Approval Process

Submitted by lalit on April 23, 2010 - 1:18pm.

Rixstep is reporting that Apple will start signing up independent developers for Mac OS X 10.7 developer program by early autumn 2010. The website claims Apple will follow iPhone like approach for Mac OS X 10.7 dev program. Membership to the program will be $99 and will include access to Xcode developer tools and online API documentation.

Another feature that Apple will bring from iPhone dev program is App Store for Mac OS X with similar app approval process. The website says:

Developers planning on marketing software for 10.7 will submit their products to the App Store as iPhone and now iPad developers have already done. 10.7 will have kernel support for binaries signed with Apple’s root certificate.
No software will be able to run on Mac OS X 10.7 without being approved and signed by Apple, Inc.

After reading this, we contacted few Mac OS developers and none of them have ever heard of such a development. Our sources also said that Apple is definitely working on Mac OS X 10.7, but has no plans to restrict software installation options on Mac OS X platform.

Adding App Store for Mac OS X is a very good idea, as it gives customers easy access to various softwares. But restricting software installation options on a platform like Mac OS X will hamper innovation for the platform. We will be very surprised if Apple goes down that path.