Apple has updated their News and Announcements page with three new guidelines for developers regarding apps for Mac. This adds more weight to the rumor that developers have been informed of a December 13th launch for the Mac App Store. If the rumors are true, this would be in line with Apple’s 90 day deadline for launching the new store, as promised when the Mac App Store was officially announced.
Among the three updates to the developer’s guidelines include:
1. A new file system requirement that will “promote a more consistent user experience”, which essentially makes sure files for Mac apps are saved to “appropriate locations”.
2. Apple has informed developers demos or trial versions of their apps will not be allowed on the Mac App Store and encourage devs to host demos or betas on their personal sites and servers.
3. Apple is also now allowing devs to use their own custom buttons and controls as long as the behavior and look of any element “supports Apple’s interface design principles.”
You can check out a full list of developer guidelines for the forthcoming Mac App Store here.