iWork Due for Refresh - Apple to Update With Release of Mountain Lion?
It is known now that Apple is going to release OS X Mountain Lion some time this month (July 2012) as an update to the existing Mac OS X Lion operating system for their Mac computer lineup. The update will bring over 200 new features to the Mac, but what good are features without good applications?
While the operating system sees a refresh, something that has not seen a refresh for some time now is iWork – Apple’s answer to competing with Microsoft Office on the Mac. iWork comes with a set of three applications: Keynote, Numbers, and Pages. Keynote offers presentation composition features, Numbers is a spreadsheet application for number crunching, and Pages is the feature-packed word processor that comes with the bundle. All of these applications support their own file types and are compatible with Microsoft Office documents.
It makes sense for Apple to release an iWork update as iWork ’09 sits at about three and a half years old and is quickly losing its morale as a good office suite for the Mac platform. Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac offers a lot more great functionality than iWork ’09, so Apple needs to step up their game if they wish to compete.
Apple's iWork suite is lacking important editing features of these kinds of productivity applications. Comparing iWork to Microsoft Office, iWork has an interface where you have to dig deeper into the menus to find simple features that are easily accessible in the Microsoft Office ribbon. That being said, accessibility of important functionality needs to be rethought as well as adding more features that will keep the software from being outdated.
It was last year in mid-October that iLife was updated to the ’11 version from the ’09 version – a two-year refresh that would make iWork’s three-year refresh look like a long time. Of course, there is no proof that Apple will even refresh iWork at all, they may just abandon it and let it sit as it is with the minor software updates that they release occasionally for small features and compatibility. If they update it, it will probably be a digital download update like they are trying to push with their operating system updates.
Sources: Cult of Mac