Whitson Gordon of Lifehacker has a great post about the (potential) downsides of the Mac App Store. I have seen a lot of these mentioned individually elsewhere, but this is a great near-complete summary. Including one I hadn’t thought of:
No root permissions: No apps are allowed to request root permissions (even with the user’s consent), which means that no backup software or anything else that needs access to system files.
There are plenty of great apps and preference panes that require root permissions. It will be interesting to see if these restrictions could ultimately be the demise of some apps1
- Assuming that the Mac App Store becomes the only source for software some day [↩]