All you budding Mac programmers take heart, Apple have just made it much cheaper to become a developer! The Mac Developer license is now available for $99/year, a situation similar to the iPhone Developer license. This replaces the previous tiered (and more expensive) way of officially developing for the Mac, but cuts out any hardware discounts for devs.
This substantially lowers the barrier for entrance into the world of programming for the Mac, and with it only costing $100, you can be sure to see a glut of programs to follow. With it you get pre-release access to software, development videos, and technical support.
This lowering of costs has caused some to wonder if Apple is contemplating a desktop app store. If this is in conjunction with traditional methods of content delivery, I don’t really have much of an issue with the idea, as it would serve as an easy way to see what’s available. However, if Apple tries to block out non-approved Mac apps, I can imagine a general revolt would follow.