In case you were hoping that Mac apps in Apple’s new Mac App Store would be as cheap as iPhone apps — a buck or two — so far, you’re going to be disappointed.But folks who have been used to buying Mac apps over-the-counter for years may be pleased by the new prices.
The average top-25 paid Mac app currently costs $12.59, which is roughly 2.5X the average top-25 paid iPad app, which costs $4.87, and more than 10X the average top 25 paid iPhone app, which costs $1.47.
But the Angry Birds description on the Mac App Store warns that this is a 50% off sale, and that the app could eventually cost $10 — which is 10X more than it costs on the iPhone, and 2X as much as it costs on the iPad. Still, if you’re used to buying Mac games for $40 or more, the new pricing should make you happy.
Similarly, Apple’s iWork apps — Pages, Numbers, and Keynote — cost $20 on the Mac, which is 2X what they cost on the iPad.
It’ll be a while before Mac App Store prices are settled, but so far, it looks like they’ll cost around 2-3X what iPad apps cost, but perhaps less than what Mac apps have historically cost.