Apple this week provided more information to developers regarding its forthcoming Mac App Store, and informed them that, unlike on iOS, trial versions of software will not be allowed.
Apple issued a handful of updates via its News and Announcements for Apple Developers Thursday evening regarding the Mac App Store. The software download destination for Mac OS X Snow Leopard is expected to launch by the end of January.
“Your website is the best place to provide demos, trial versions, or betas of your software for customers to explore,” Apple wrote. “The apps you submit to be reviewed for the Mac App Store should be fully functional, retail versions of your apps.”
That’s a change from the highly successful iOS App Store policies, in which iPhone and iPad users can download free limited trials of paid software. For example, the popular 99-cent game “Angry Birds” has a “Lite” version that is consistently among the top free iPhone titles.