Last Minute Mac OS X 10.6.6 Tidbits Emerge

It is known that Mac OS X 10.6.6, the sixth incremental software update to Apple’s Snow Leopard operating system, delivers compatibility elements and support for the January 6 debut of the Mac App Store. Recent findings indicate that Apple’s Mac App Store won’t only be a new application that users are to download through software update, but it will also be integrated deeply into the operating system, recent reports indicate.

Apple’s official report confirming the launch date of the highly-anticipated Mac App Store contains an important piece of information regarding the process through which Mac OS X Snow Leopard users will be installing the utility.

According to the Cupertino, California-based electronics and software vendor, “the Mac App Store will open for business on Thursday, January 6.”

Apple promises that the Mac App Store will make discovering, installing and updating Mac apps easier than ever, “by bringing the revolutionary App Store experience to Mac OS X.”

Now, 9to5mac reports that a MacGeneration forum poster attempted to open an unsupported file on Mac OS X 10.6.6 build 10J537 only to find that his Mac asked if he would like to search the App Store for an application to open the unsupported file type (screenshot above).

The blog appropriately points out that the feature is comparable to the way Windows allows users to search the web for applications to open unsupported files.

However, Apple makes the process more intuitive and, most importantly, more secure on Mac OS X.

Earlier this month, Softpedia wrote that Apple’s Mac App Store was just another step towards converting everyone to Mac.

We outlined that, besides ensuring quality control, the Mac App Store will also enforce rules that translate into more secure computing for the end users.

“In a world where cyber threats are on the rise - and don’t think for a second that Mac OS X isn’t vulnerable to attacks - Apple is the one throwing the first blow, by building walls around its ecosystem,” Softpedia wrote on December 5th.

Mac OS X 10.6.6 has long been known to be tied to the forthcoming release of Apple’s Mac App Store.

Apple released a beta of OS X 10.6.6 early December (build 10J537) which reportedly contained developer support for fetching and renewing App Store receipts.

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