E most of the electronics world’s eyes were turned towards the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Apple – which refuses to exhibit at the event – quietly opened the doors to the laptop version of its app Store.
Around 1,000 apps were immediately available for download on its Mac range, with millions more set to be added over the coming months.
Angry Birds was instantly catapulted to the top of the chart as users clamoured to destroy green pigs on yet another device.
Apple boss Steve Jobs said: “Users are going to love this innovative new way to discover and buy their favourite apps.”
At present analysts estimate Apple’s app store contributes just one per cent of its gross profit – roughly $198m (£128.1m).