Apple makes news every year, and ever since Steve Jobs returned to the company in 1997, the news has mostly been good. But any big company will make a few missteps, and Apple is no exception. No company can escape the occasional misstep, but with Apple, the stumbles get the same kind of "generous" coverage that the successes do. Apple is hardly a shy, retiring company that prefers to hide from the spotlight -- even people who've never owned an Apple product can probably name several, whether bec
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The Mac App store, announced in November and expected to debut early next year, will establish a new approach to selling PC apps. Modeled on the iPhone App Store, Mac owners will be able browse apps online and buy and install them with one click. Besides making it easier to buy applications, the program may also make it cheaper, if only by breaking some software suites (such as Apple's own iWork) into separate purchases. Critics, though, wonder if the need to get Apple's approval will have a chilling effect on the otherwise thriving independent Mac development market.