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Apple’s Dusty Mac App Store Finally Gets Some Love

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Apple, at its Worldwide Developer Conference, announced that the Mac App Store is getting a much-needed redesign in the macOS Mojave update that’s scheduled to arrive in the fall.

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From a visual perspective, the update puts the App Store more in line with its iOS equivalent, presenting a more curated list of apps, along with some editorial content (think tutorials, reviews, and app roundups). Preview videos will let you see what you’re getting before you buy, and the new design breaks up the store into sections like Create, Work, Play, and Develop. The Discover tab has been updated to showcase new apps as well as tips and tricks for the apps you already own.

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Some well-known apps are also hitting the Mac App Store soon. Apple says apps like Adobe Lightroom CC and Live Studio from Snap Inc. will be made available for download through the store for the first time, though there’s no word on how app subscriptions will be managed (this has appeared to be a point of contention for developers such as Adobe).

In a move you could describe as “poetic,” Microsoft’s Office 365 is also hitting the Mac App Store, just in case you’re not a big fan of Apple’s own suite of productivity software. Just like old times, am I right?

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You can expect to get your hands on the redesigned Mac App Store this fall, when Apple officially releases macOS Mojave. If you’re a developer, you can snag a beta of Mojave today. Otherwise, if you’re feeling adventurous, Apple will release Mojave in Public Beta form this month. Just keep in mind that running beta software on your primary machine is a good way to screw your day up.

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Staff Reporter, Gizmodo

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“Just like old times...”

The 1984 Macintosh commercial pictured arch enemy IBM as Big Brother on a big screen looming over everyone. In 1997 Steve Jobs announced that he was burying the hatchet with former enemy Bill Gates, as Microsoft agreed to save Apple’s bacon by investing $150 million. Gates appeared by video, as a big figure looming over Steve, much like the image in the 1984 commercial. This must have been Steve’s worst nightmare come true. He said at the time:

“We have to let go of this notion that for Apple to win, Microsoft has to lose.”

Steve got his revenge, albeit after the fact. Microsoft sold their Apple shares by 2003 for a few hundred million. If they had held on to them they’d be worth over $20 billion today.