Developers who have created applications for Apple products, including the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, began receiving e-mail invitations on Wednesday to submit applications to the coming Mac App Store.
Steven P. Jobs, Apple’s chief executive, announced the company’s next foray into software delivery through the Mac App Store, a system designed to let users download software to their Macs, during product announcements last month. Mr. Jobs said the company had learned a lot about software, gaming and content delivery through the Apple iTunes store and the iPhone and iPad and wanted to bring these resources and simplicity to the Mac desktop.
In the e-mail, developers were asked to submit their ideas for Mac applications, which would first need to go through an Apple approval process before being accepted into the store. Some developers have questioned how the new store will work and whether the kind of applications submitted will be content-based like games and media apps, or if they will primarily be traditional service applications like word-processing and photo-editing suites.
John Gruber, the author of Daring Fireball, an Apple enthusiast blog, has speculated whether some developers will be able to submit iPad apps to the Mac App store and tweak the code and design for a desktop interface. The Mac App Store is not expected to open to the public for another two months. By inviting developers now, the company hopes to ensure that it opens for business with stocked software shelves.