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Apple Extends Deadline for Sandboxing of Mac App Store Apps to June 1

Apple today announced that it has extended the deadline for Mac App Store apps to implement sandboxing until June 1. The requirement had been set to go into effect on March 1 after already having been delayed from last November, but continued uncertainty about implementation and its effects on app functionality has caused Apple to again slow down the transition.
We have extended the deadline for sandboxing your apps on the Mac App Store from March 1st to June 1st to provide you with enough time to take advantage of new sandboxing entitlements available in OS X 10.7.3 and new APIs in Xcode 4.3.
We first profiled the sandboxing requirements, which would restrict apps from initiating operations outside of their operational confines, back in November. While users could override the sandboxing with their own commands, compromised apps would be prevented from affecting a user's entire system. But concerns over the effect of the requirement on apps requiring system-wide file access or allowing inter-app scripting have given some pause about how sandboxing should be implemented.


The issues was revisited earlier this month as the deadline approached, with several developers noting that there were still questions and concerns over how to implement sandboxing in their applications. One developer noted to MacRumors at the time that there were likely to be major issues if Apple were to enforce the requirement on March 1, given lingering bugs and other issues, and Apple has clearly taken those concerns to heart and given itself and developers an additional three months to work through the issues.

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34 months ago
Slowly moving towards dumbing down normal applications to just iOS-style "Apps"…

Probably the next step will be that apps can no longer run in the background, except for certain services that Apple deems worthy of multi-tasking, and everything will be full screen so we we'll have to switch between apps all the time.

After that, the keyboard will be removed, and a single button will be added. All further human-computer interaction will be automatically determined by the OS. Human presence will no longer be necessary, as the OS will be able to make better decisions on its own. Soon, computers will rule the world and it will be a better world. For computers.
Rating: 16 Votes
34 months ago

Slowly moving towards dumbing down normal applications to just iOS-style "Apps"...


I used to think using a Mac as a graphic designer meant better support for professionals from Apple.

That was 5 years ago before the iPhone. I wonder how long until I switch back to Windows.

ps. LOL @ anyone downranking my comment. as if being a professional and requiring flexibilty was a bad thing. by flexibility, i mean options and choice, two words that make apple very uncomfortable.
Rating: 14 Votes
34 months ago
Sandboxing is great. I want a more secure OS. But certain apps need to be allowed to run in the background.

If Apple keeps restricting everything, Windows will succeed even more soley on the fact that alternatives are not 'better'. Further making Microsoft think Windows is so great based on sales, rather than feedback that it sucks but its the only OS that doesn't restrict.
Rating: 12 Votes
34 months ago

its actually making OSX more secure and stable.


And thank God for that, huh? Before the sandbox, OSX had, like 50,000,000 viruses, and crashed every 15 minutes.

No wait. That's what everyone says about Windows. Guess we'll have to do some retconning a bit to paint the sandbox in a more positive light. Okay. Here goes. Before the sandbox, OSX had a bunch of viruses and was unstable. Windows? You'd press the button on the computer, and it wouldn't turn on. Ever. Why people paid money for that, I have no idea. OSX just worked...sometimes. Now, with the sandbox, it works all the time. There we go.

Apple does it again!

How does a secure and stable operating system become more secure and stable?


It's securererer now.
Rating: 11 Votes
34 months ago
Pretty soon we will have to jailbreak our Macs so we can side load apps. :rolleyes:
There is a fine line between secure and usable.
Rating: 10 Votes
34 months ago

its actually making OSX more secure and stable.


at the expense of dumbing the app down
Rating: 9 Votes
34 months ago

I used to think using a Mac as a graphic designer meant better support for professionals from Apple.

That was 5 years ago before the iPhone. I wonder how long until I switch back to Windows.


I did it last summer. It takes some adjusting, and I still use my MBP for facebook (facepalm), but it's not bad. Windows 7 is a great OS.
Rating: 7 Votes
34 months ago

How does a secure and stable operating system become more secure and stable?
Has somebody been lying?


No, the next generation of malware will be smarter and more dangerous than currently. Security needs to move forward to keep ahead of the game.
Rating: 6 Votes
34 months ago

You realize the Mac App Store is entirely optional right? If the app doesn't want to be sandboxed, i.e. made safer, then it need not be distributed through the MAS. Nothing is being dumbed down. If your favorite developper drops features to distribute on the MAS, complain to your developer, not Apple for making sandboxing possible for those willing to use it.

"But eventually everything will be forced through the MAS". We'll tackle that when and if it happens. Right now there is no evidence that Apple intends to force the MAS upon developers. They are offering it as an additional service. People complain Apple doesn't give options, but concerning this matter, it is all optional so I don't know what all the fuss is about.


For now

I remember when it was doubted there would be an app store for mac after the iphone app store came out. People scoffed at the notion. Many people thought it was crazy and unnecessary

Then there is the mac app store.

Then there are regulations on how apps that are coded that can be in the app store via methods like this

Then you have apple in ML having it default to run apps that are signed or from the MAS. This right here will lead many developers to only develop for the app store as 99% of the user base will never change that setting.

Next it will be only apps from the app store. Just watch. It is the natural progression. Apple is getting more and more restrictive on how apps can interact within its OS and hw platforms.
Rating: 6 Votes
34 months ago

You realize the Mac App Store is entirely optional right? If the app doesn't want to be sandboxed, i.e. made safer, then it need not be distributed through the MAS. Nothing is being dumbed down. If your favorite developper drops features to distribute on the MAS, complain to your developer, not Apple for making sandboxing possible for those willing to use it.

"But eventually everything will be forced through the MAS". We'll tackle that when and if it happens. Right now there is no evidence that Apple intends to force the MAS upon developers. They are offering it as an additional service. People complain Apple doesn't give options, but concerning this matter, it is all optional so I don't know what all the fuss is about.



Short term thinking there.

Longer term.... it will be more difficult to sell mac software outside of the app store as it becomes the defacto means of distribution. So, smaller developers will have little option but to add their software to MAS.

Ultimately, Apple want control of OSX software like they have over iOS applications. For the moment they can't close OSX.. so trying to create a defacto means of OSX software distribution is the next best thing.
Rating: 6 Votes

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