Where is the Mac App Store? Is it gone? Did it close up? Is Apple closing down the Mac already? How about none of the above.
The reality should be obvious. Apple’s Mac App Store is different than Apple’s iPhone App Store. The former is a hodgepodge of applications that don’t have the power of many major Mac apps and utilities that never made it to the App Store. The latter is the only way to get apps on an iPhone.
So, what happened to the Mac App Store?
It withered on the vine. It’s still withering. Apple put so many restrictions on the original Mac App Store that developers of note avoided it entirely, and only recently have some returned (Microsoft Office is one; Adobe Creative Cloud is one missing).
With macOS Catalina, Apple created new rules for App Store apps, and gave developers new tools to port iPhone and iPad apps to macOS.
How’s that going?
Apple has a number of its own apps that use the new technology to create Mac apps, but the vast majority of the Mac app developer community does not seem to have budged off their collective reluctances.
The SetApp Mac Developers Survey (it’s a PDF) queried nearly 1,000 Mac app developers and came up with a few stats that show little has changed.
Based on the survey, which may or may not be indicative of the Mac developer community, slightly over one in five sell apps only in the Mac App Store, while one out of three sell their apps outside the Mac App Store, while nearly half use a combo of both.
Worse, about 60-percent of Mac app developer revenue comes from outside the Mac App Store, while just under 40-percent come from the App Store.
Remember, Apple collects a share of the revenue from apps sold on the App Store, so you can see the next statistic. Over 60-percent think Apple’s revenue share is too much.
There. That explains why the Mac App Store has yet to change much. Far too many apps are outdated and long overdue for an update. Too many apps are mere utilities of little import and Apple’s new macOS Catalina project to help developers move their apps from iPhone and iPad to Mac has yet to take off.
To be fair, we are early in the game and it takes time for developers to move to a new platform, but so far the Mac App Store remains mostly a ghost town of updated apps and no must-haves at all.