Marco Arment, creator of Instapaper, has shared some interesting thoughts on his personal blog about the future irrelevancy of the Mac App Store. Arment believes that because of the new sandboxing restrictions on the Mac App Store, the platform is quickly becoming an unreliable place to purchase software.
Many developer simply cannot or refuse to comply with Apple’s new rules for selling apps on the Mac App Store, so they have no choice but to yank their apps from the platform. That situation has tarnished the buyer confidence of many consumers, including Arment.
But now, I’ve lost all confidence that the apps I buy in the App Store today will still be there next month or next year. The advantages of buying from the App Store are mostly gone now. My confidence in the App Store, as a customer, has evaporated.
Apple launched the Mac App Store in early 2011, included as part of a free update to OS X Snow Leopard. Since then, it has become Apple’s central platform for distributing its OS X platform, including Lion and the recently released Mountain Lion versions. But, Apple wants the Mac App Store to have a greater focus than simply being an OS X download hub.
The Cupertino-based company wants as much software-buying as possible to be done on the Mac App Store, although its new sandboxing restriction and other tight policies are making that dream difficult to envision. For that reason, the Mac App Store is increasingly vulnerable to becoming an “irrelevant, low-traffic flea market” of apps.