Rumor: Mac App Store Launch Set for Dec 13

Apple’s Mac OS X  App Store may be launching as early as December 13, if anonymous insider sources are correct. Apparently Apple CEO Steve Jobs has been pushing to bring the software store online ahead of the Christmas holiday instead of launching some time in January, according to AppleTell.

The Mac App Store is modeled on Apple’s successful App Store for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad apps, and will give users a way to purchase Mac software titles much in the same way that they buy and download apps for iOS devices.

Apple began accepting Mac App Store submissions in early November and at the time told developers “The Mac App Store will be opening soon.” The company has also been seeding versions of Mac OS X 10.6.6 with App Store support to developers. The update hasn’t been released to the public yet.

Whether or not the Mac App Store really will launch next Monday remains to be seen. So far, Apple hasn’t made any announcements, and the company doesn’t comment on rumors.