Amazon brings Prime Video to the Mac App Store, including purchases

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Prime Vide Mac App Screnshot (Image credit: iMore)

What you need to know

  • The Amazon Prime Video app is now in the App Store.
  • Users can pay to rent and buy content from within the app.

Amazon has today brought its Amazon Prime Video app to the Mac App Store for the first time. Users can not only watch their Amazon Prime content in the app, but they can also buy and rent content through it, too.

The new app, which is a free download from the App Store, looks and functions in much the same way that you might expect it to if you've used the app on other devices including iPhone and iPad.

Anyone wishing to pay for content can do so using the credit card assigned to their Amazon account, without the need to go via any of Apple's App Store in-app purchase systems.

The new app includes a raft of features, including support for AirPlay.

  • Download videos to watch offline.
  • Continue to watch your favorite movie, TV show or a live event via Picture-in-Picture (PiP) while interacting with other apps or websites.
  • Rent or buy new-release movies and popular TV shows (availability varies by marketplace).
  • Multi-user profiles allow creating personalized entertainment experiences.
  • Go behind the scenes of movies and TV shows with exclusive X-Ray access, powered by IMDb.

The new app is definitely set to offer the best Mac option for anyone wanting to watch Amazon Prime content — no more heading out to a web browser to catch up on the latest episode of that hot new TV show!

Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.

Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.