Mac App Store: Steve Jobs Throws Away Opportunity

There were rumors floating around last week that Apple may launch an app store for Macs, similar to the iPhone app store that has proved such a winner for Apple. Fernando Valente, a Mac developer, apparently sent Steve Jobs an email to ask about the possibility and according to an article at Mashable.com, Steve Jobs sent one of his sporadic personal replies.

In the email sourced from MacStories Valente asks about the rumors of the Mac app store and the fact that no software without authorization from Apple would run on the Mac OS X, asking simply, “Is that true?” to which Jobs replied with a typically understated, “Nope”.

However the article at Mashable makes a good point by saying that they could be intending to open a Mac app store but not necessarily to force every Mac app to get Apple’s approval. Either way it would seem that the dismissal of a Mac app store is a huge opportunity missed. It seems on the face of it that a Mac app store would be a progressive step for developers, and indeed customers and Apple.

The only drawback would seem to be yet another closure of the openness of the Web. For full article go to mashable.com. What do you think of the idea of a Mac app store? I reckon it would be popular but I’d be interested in hearing your thoughts so why not let us know.