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Is There Hope for the Mac App Store?

Speaking of the Mac App Store, Paulo Andrade writes (tweet):

Since its inception the Mac App Store has lagged behind its iOS counterpart. To this day there’s still no TestFlight or App Store analytics for Mac.

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But although the tendency for shorter app review times was sustained, the unpredictability was still there… at least on the Mac App Store. In the last year alone there were at least a couple of occasions where Secrets for Mac got stuck in either “Waiting for Review” or “In Review” for at least a week. In both cases, contacting App Review seemed to unblock the issue.

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And it sure looks great [in 10.14]. Certainly a great improvement over what was there before, albeit sometimes it feels more like an iOS app running on the Mac than a native Mac app.

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Tried submitting to the Mac App Store but failed because it refuses to accept binaries with the new com.apple.security.automation.apple-events. Since Mojave’s release is still a week and half away, I contact Apple and wait for a response.

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30 days after my initial submission attempt, Secrets 2.8.0 is still not available on the Mac App Store. Besides knowing my issue was escalated, I have no idea what’s going on, why it’s taking so long or when can I expect it to be reviewed.

Lily Bradic (via Phil Schiller):

But after my initial “ooh, Dark Mode!” reaction subsided, I realised it wasn’t just the contrast between the dark backdrop and the rich illustrations that was impressive, but the design of the Mac App Store itself. For the first time ever, the App Store feels like one of the beautifully designed apps you’d go there to purchase — as well as a platform for discovering them.

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Apple have recreated the Mac App Store from the ground up, and it’s a pleasure to use. There’s a joy in simply browsing: with the all-new Discover tab, Apple has introduced fascinating stories, in-depth interviews and weekly picks. These editorial features bring everything together, creating an ecosystem that celebrates the best of what app developers have to offer.

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Exploring the new Mac App Store feels like an adventure, and it inspires you to make the most of what your Mac is capable of doing.

Coincidentally, Andrade and Bradic work on competing products.

Previously: AEDeterminePermissionToAutomateTarget Added, But AEpocalyse Still Looms.

Update (2018-10-19): Mark Munz:

How did Apple manage to completely rewrite Mac App Store for Mojave and STILL NOT let users to search for past purchased items?

I honestly don’t believe developers at Apple actually use Mac App Store.

Update (2018-10-22): Frank Reiff:

After the first 25 or so days of the “new Mac App Store”, I’m happy to report that sales are if anything down and there is zero sign of any sandboxing or policy changes that could have changed anybody’s mind about the Mac App Store.

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Apple, where are the Panic / BareBones sandboxing changes?!?!?!?!?!!!!??

"Coincidentally, Andrade and Bradic work on competing products."

And Bradic's company has a really big customer: Apple. So objectivity is not the priority in this 1Password blog entry. And this is a basically a blog entry published just for SEO.

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