Apple is on a mission to cram the iPad's and iPhone's successes into the Mac, beginning with a brand-new software store serving Mac apps. That may be both good and bad.
The Mac App Store will create a new channel for Mac users to find software easily, and it will make it easier for programmers to reach a large audience. But some developers worry about Apple's future road map, and the potential the App Store has to turn the Mac platform into a more closed, controlled environment subject entirely to Apple's whims.
"I wonder when Apple will stop shipping Safari," said Mike Beltzner, director of the Firefox browser at the Mozilla foundation. "It's obvious already from [Wednesday's] keynote that they're looking to bypass the web."