Apple has confirmed, over the course of Thursday night, that their upcoming Mac App Store will not feature demos, or any trial software for the applications therein. It’s a distinct step in the opposite direction that the Cupertino-based company has utilized in their App Store since its debut. The news was made known by Apple recently via their News and Announcements for Apple Developers. The Mac App Store, which is set to debut by the end of January, will launch on Mac OS X Snow Leopard.
However, Apple hasn’t blocked the whole concept of a demo, or trial version to developer’s applications. In fact, Apple suggests a way for developers to provide demos of their wares:
“Your website is the best place to provide demos, trial versions, or betas of your software for customers to explore. The apps you submit to be reviewed for the Mac App Store should be fully functional, retail versions of your apps.”
There’s no telling why Apple has decided against allowing demos and trial versions of applications within the Mac App Store, especially considering the model of allowing “Lite” versions for people to try has worked so well for the iPod Touch, iPhone, and iPad. At least there will still be demos available, even if it means you’ll have to go through an extra step, and access the developer’s website, to reach it.