The new store will become available as a free software update to Snow Leopard (OSX 10.6). Much like the iOS App Store, the Mac App Store will feature free and paid programs in categories such as Education, Games, Graphics, and Utilities and updates to apps will come from within the store itself.
The Mac App Store was announced in late October at Apple’s Back to Mac event and was said to launch 90 days later, which would have been in late January. We heard rumblings last week that the store might launch before Christmas, but clearly that’s not happening. Instead Apple will get a lot of buzz at this year’s CES, without having an actual presence there.
We expect this store to give us a taste of the look and feel of forthcoming Mac OSX Lion. We haven’t heard much about what specific apps will be available, but hopefully Angry Birds will be one of them.