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Bridging the Mac App Store Gap

Bridging the Mac App Store Gap

Bridging the Mac App Store Gap

Apple at work is he bought you Jamf: Get complete management and security solutions for your organization that are secure for businesses, easy for consumers, and protect personal privacy Jamf. Plus, you’ll get same-day support for the latest Apple OS upgrades. Today, more than 62,000 organizations trust Jamf to manage and secure over 27 million devices.

The Mac App Store is a great place to get and deploy device management system software like Mosyle, Kandji, Jamf, Addigy, Hexnode, etc. With tight integration into Apple’s volume purchasing program, the Mac App Store is the ideal place to acquire Mac software for the enterprise. Problem? The vast majority of software that businesses need isn’t available in the Mac App Store, so custom app catalogs come into play.

About Apple @ Work: Bradley Chambers managed the enterprise IT network from 2009 to 2021. Through his experience in deploying and managing firewalls, switches, mobile device management system, enterprise Wi-Fi, 100’s of Macs and 100’s of iPads , Bradley will highlight how Apple IT managers deploy Apple devices, build networks to support them, train users, stories from the trenches of IT management, and ways Apple could improve its products for IT departments.


Why the Mac App Store is the best place to download apps

From an enterprise IT perspective, installing apps from the Mac App Store is a seamless experience. It is tightly integrated into Apple’s volume purchasing program with Apple Business Manager or Apple School Manager. If you want to deploy apps from the Mac App Store to thousands of Macs, it only takes a few clicks. Apple checks all apps and all updates. Developers may also offer volume purchase discounts for customers purchasing more than 20 copies at a time. From a high level, the Mac App Store is a win/win/win for Apple, customers and developers. Apple gets a share of the revenue, developers get a great storefront, and customers get a seamless process.

For the first two years of its life, the Mac App Store was a huge success. Developers liked it because it reduced piracy and made it easier for users to find their software. Users loved it because they could install new apps with just a few clicks and updates were automatic. Over time, developers got tired of it. Fortunately, MDM vendors are stepping up to bridge the gap with their own application catalogs.

Why the Mac App Store is the worst place to download apps

Apple has done a lot of good for the Mac App Store, but it’s not perfect. Here are some of the biggest issues:

  • The cut Apple takes can be high (30%). This means that developers have to sell more copies to make as much money as they would otherwise.
  • Software updates need approval from Apple before they can be released. This slows down development and makes the software less reliable than it could be when non-MAS versions are updated more quickly.
  • Many apps are simply not available in the Mac App Store. The great thing about the iOS App Store is that it’s the only place to find it everything. With the Mac App Store, many developers avoid it due to Apple’s commission or Sandbox restrictions required by Apple’s developer guidelines. Bottom line: The Mac App Store may be a great way for Apple to make money, but it’s not the best way for developers to do it.

MDM vendors bridge the gap with application catalogs

At JNUC this year Jamf announced that it offers more than 100 application installers that help reduce IT workloads and improve security on an organization’s fleet of devices. Application installers are non-MAS applications that have been previously checked and maintained (patched, updated, monitored for risk, etc.). In the coming months, Jamf will roll out new App Installer features that include improved notifications, making it easier to install apps in Self Service so users see only those apps that are relevant to them and authorized by IT.

However, Jamf is not the only company that offers a catalog of applications. Mosyl offers a Mac App Store-like experience when you install macOS apps that are not yet available in the App Store. It currently offers over 160 fully automated Mac apps, with new apps added every week. Mosyl automates the process of setting permissions (for each app) on your device. Kanji it also hosts and secures a library of popular apps and tests each update before rolling it out to your fleet. You have full control over the update parameters, and users can delay installing updates until a time that suits them best.

Now we’ve seen MDM vendors bridge the gap where Apple’s Mac App Store lags. Apple’s own Apple Business Essential recently added the ability to load third-party apps through its platform, but requires you to host the apps yourself. Overall, customers are finding solutions with some great MDM vendors implementing some fantastic features.

Apple at work is he bought you Jamf: Get complete management and security solutions for your organization that are secure for businesses, easy for consumers, and protect personal privacy Jamf. Plus, you’ll get same-day support for the latest Apple OS upgrades. Today, more than 62,000 organizations trust Jamf to manage and secure over 27 million devices.

Bridging the Mac App Store Gap

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