The new Mac App Store is just an easier to use version of the old Mac App Store. What I want from the Mac App Store is the standard set of requirements for any store. Access to selection. Privacy and security. Easy method to buy apps. Easy support.
Back in early September, just before macOS Mojave was released and the new Mac App Store was unleashed, Apple ran into a few wayward applications that stole user information. What kind of information?
- Chrome history
- Firefox history
- Safari history
- List of running processes
- Downloaded software
- Who knows what else
That event, where a number of Mac App Store apps went rogue and took user information, tells me Apple is paying less attention to customer privacy and security than the company pretends in its standard public posturing.
What if you want to upgrade to a new version of macOS. You won’t find that in the Mac App Store. Instead, Software Update for macOS versions show up in System Preferences. What’s with that? Was it confusing to customers before?
Seemingly unchanged is how applications are found. Search. Sucks. Seriously.
Granted, Search is easier to use. Click on a popular Category or the Categories icon. Search options do not arrive until you actually enter a search keyword. What’s with that, Apple?
Enter the keyword Magnet and you’ll get a variety of Mac apps, the fist of which should be the popular window manager app, Magnet. Fair enough. But if you want to filter the search there’s an extra couple of steps. Click Filter and you can sort by Price, Category, or Sort.
The Price filter is just Any price or free with no range options. Categories are just that. Categories. There’s no way to know which app is in which Category and many applications show up in multiple categories.
The Sort By option is the worst and a holdover from the old Mac App Store version. Relevance seems to relate to the keywords used in the search. Release Date is obvious and a good way to get a look at applications that have been updated recently (because much of the Mac App Store is a desert ghost town of abandonware). What’s the difference between Popularity and Ratings?
Why can’t I select multiple Filters? I want Release Date and Ratings. Apple says No. Can. Do.
Considering how many Mac users are tied into apps from the Mac App Store you would think Apple would make a User Guide to show customers how to use it. They did. It’s the App Store User Guide. It’s not a bad read but it won’t show you how to filter your searches to combine Release Date and Ratings.
The Mac App Store is prettier and easier to use but it’s still a mess.