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Rumor: Mac App Store ahead of schedule, launch imminent

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What goes better with a brand new Mac for Christmas than a Mac App Store?

Apparently, that's the feeling around the halls in Cupertino, as rumors are now circulating that the Mac App Store could be launched as soon as next Monday, December 13. According to a post on AppleTell, Steve Jobs was pushing for the store to be launched today (December 6), and developers were told to have their software ready for that early launch.

The original announcement of the Mac App Store on October 20 said that the software distribution capability would be available "within 90 days," which would put the store opening into January. Jobs wanted an earlier release, and the word on the street is that the early release drops next week. That's just in time for all of those shiny new Macs that will be appearing under Christmas trees, and it means that the release of iWork '11 (which many believe will be the marquee app for the new store) may be imminent as well.

Keep your browsers tuned to TUAW over the next week and we'll be sure to let you know when it's up and running.

[via AppleInsider]

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