Rumor is going around that Apple might be targeting to launch the Mac App Store as early as December 13th. Jobs himself said that it would go live “within 90 days” back when the iOS-inspired App Store was announced on October 20th, that’s mid January, if the timeframe is carried to its fullest extent.Even though Apple has made no official announcements regarding this, and delays could always happen, but there’s a push to be launched before Christmas, well ahead of the previously estimated January release. Guess from where this push has come.
The Source indicated that Steve Jobs wants an early release, and wanted to go even sooner than the 6th. That obviously didn’t happen, but Apple appears to be way ahead of schedule on the Mac App Store nonetheless, and looks to take advantage of the Christmas rush. It’s not a bad idea, of course. Although software always makes a good gift, it generally comes wrapped up with ribbons and bows.
Unfortunately, the Mac App Store also requires an OS update to end users to which MacRumors reminds us that the new OS X 10.6.6 has already been seeded to developers. So yeah, that’s a pretty aggressive timeline if true and could possibly be kicked off by a press event that would also birth Apple’s rumored recurring subscription billing model in support of Rupert Murdoch’s The Daily digital newspaper.