That’s right, boys and girls, guys and gals, iWork is officially old. Apple’s once vaunted Microsoft Office killer suite hasn’t received a substantial update in about three years. It’s still called iWork and it still contains Pages ’09, Keynote ’09, and Numbers ’09? ’09? What’s Apple been doing since 2009?
Apple, Show iWork Some Love
Head over to the Mac App Store and check in on Pages, Numbers, and Keynote. Mac users give the Office-killing suite mostly four and five stars, so iWork remains popular among the masses.
It’s been so long since Apple displayed any public affection for iWork that I’ve had another child.
At least, I think I did. Maybe it was a few glasses of wine and a Hallmark movie. Anyway, it’s been awhile. What has Apple been doing?
Here’s my theory and it revolves around iPhone, iPad, and iCloud.
iWork hasn’t received much attention from Apple because the company has devoted time and money and late night pizza runs on iCloud document management and iOS versions, rather than a humiliating public display of attention to the office suite Mac users love best.
Hello? Apple? iWork needs some love, dude. I use Calendar to time how long it takes for Pages to load up on my Mac. It’s slow.
Then, there’s Numbers. Yes, it’s a spreadsheet, but it sure ain’t Excel is it? That’s because Numbers has beautiful templates, and multiple paste options, and an easier way to sum data, and a Menubar you can actually understand, and a single inspector dialog box.
Maybe Apple is leaving Numbers alone for now because they hope that future Excel versions will improve. You know, to bring some parity to Office vs. iWork.
Finally, there’s PowerPoint vs. Keynote. Dear Apple, don’t do anything different to Keynote.
The year is yet young, but I have my insider sources and those Apple-inspired little birdies tell me that future iWork versions will be more integrated, have more feature parity, and work well with documents stored in iCloud. Apple wants to ween Mac users away from using the Finder to store files, but that scares me. I like to know where I put my own files.
Or, maybe Apple is just afraid of Microsoft. If iWork’s apps became too popular, who would buy Microsoft Office for Mac? And if Microsoft decided to scrap Office, Apple would be doomed. Again.