Last October, at their “Back to Mac” event, Apple announced the Mac App Store as being not only part of OS X 10.7 Lion, but also would be available in about “90 days,” which would have put it right around the end of January.
According to Apple news site, Appletell, an “inside source” has indicated that Steve Jobs is pushing for an early release, and we may see the Mac App Store as early as next Monday. This would bring it on line just in time for the Christmas holiday rush.
As of this morning, Apple has made no official announcement on any early release of the online store.
The Mac App Store, as described in October, is supposed to act much like the App Store for iTunes does – as a central place for Mac users to find and download apps and provide a place for independent developers to sell their software. They key difference from the iTunes App Store, though, is that applications that do NOT come from theApp Store can still be downloaded and installed manually.