Next Version of iWork?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by markrox7, Jun 29, 2012.

  1. markrox7 macrumors 6502

    Apr 17, 2011
    I want to get iWork on my iPhone and Mac, so when OS X Mountain Lion and iOS 6 come out, I'll have all my documents in the cloud and everything will just work (I.e. any changes made on my Mac will show up on my iPhone and vice versa). Should I hold off on buying the current iWork apps and wait for iWork '12 to come out? I understand iWork hasn't been updated in a while and so I'm wondering if I should just go with the current version now or wait for Apple to update iWork?
  2. rupam.db macrumors member

    May 29, 2012
    How do you know next is iWork '12 ?
  3. markrox7 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Apr 17, 2011
    I'm just assuming if Apple releases a new version of iWork this year (maybe alongside the release of Mountain Lion?) they'd call it iWork '12. I might be wrong, but that's not really the point. I just want to know if I should buy the current iWork or wait it out to see if Apple releases the next version sometime soon?
  4. talmy macrumors 601


    Oct 26, 2009
    They didn't release a new iWork when Lion came out, but offered a free upgrade that incorporated Lion's features. They might do the same for Mountain Lion.

    Also, don't expect it to "just work" since iWork doesn't have feature parity between the platforms.
  5. markrox7 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Apr 17, 2011
    By "just work" I mean that all of my iWork documents are in the cloud and if I update a document on my Mac it'll automatically update on my iPhone and vice versa.
  6. TheGdog macrumors 6502


    Sep 4, 2010
    North Carolina, USA
    Since Apple has moved away from physical media for software distribution, they aren't going to do an iWork '12. It will probably be an update on the app store. Once you buy the app you should get updates for life (based on what I have understand).
  7. appleguy123 macrumors 604


    Apr 1, 2009
    15 minutes in the future
    They haven't had a for pay upgrade since iWork '09. I don't think we'll ever see one, we're just going to get free updates via the AppStore probably.
  8. MikhailT macrumors 601

    Nov 12, 2007
    They dropped the '09 mark on their iWork apps for a reason, there won't be any more major upgrade releases like they did in the past. They'll just keep updating the apps on the App Store, no matter how small or big the updates are.

    The only problem is that they haven't been doing any major updates to the apps for a long time (last update was June 2011, just to add Lion's minor features like auto-save/resume and os on). It's not 64-bit optimized (not a big problem), it could be faster, get some graphic refreshes and deeper integration with iCloud.

    Also, it's not even Retina-ready. It's blurry on rMBPs.
  9. rupam.db macrumors member

    May 29, 2012
    Microsoft Word and Excel is much better than Pages and Numbers. Only keynote is better than Powerpoint which I believe is having some issues in ML.
    I'm not generalizing it. Its only my personal choice. .

    Then again you are getting Microsoft Outlook and some other tools.
  10. clukas macrumors 6502a


    May 3, 2010
    I think I remember a leak from someone at Apple that they already have a fully completed new version of iWork, so if they are going to release it, we will probably have to wait until ML ships. I do wonder what is holding them up (if they really have the next iWork version).
  11. blueicedj macrumors 6502

    Jul 11, 2007
    Maybe it's a surprise inclusion in mountain lion, lol.
  12. Winni macrumors 68040


    Oct 15, 2008

    Well, there are a couple of things here you could think about and maybe you find a good answer to your question:

    The Mac AppStore does NOT have an option for paid upgrades. And iWork is the perfect example for the incentive that developers have to upgrade their applications when you cannot charge for upgrades. Right, the answer here is: Developers have ZERO incentive to work for free. And that includes Apple.
    The "buy once get all updates for free for life" approach only works for the OWNER of the market, which is Apple. They can still sell Macs and subsidize their software development costs with hardware sales. Unfortunately, that business model only works for them and nobody else.

    Just read Wil Shipley's blog about this topic:

    Then, there is this other curiosity: At least in Germany, you can order a new Mac from Apple's website with Microsoft Office 2011 pre-installed. But you CANNOT order a Mac with iWork pre-installed. What does that tell you?

    Just for the record, I own a Microsoft Office license pack and I also own iWork, Scrivener, StoryMill, Montage, Mellel and a couple of other applications in that niche. For creative writing, Scrivener is THE killer application. Nothing beats Scrivener in that niche, end of story. For scientific and technical writing, Mellel is great.

    For business purposes, Microsoft Office is AND REMAINS the king of the hill. Nothing beats MS Office in the business world. Also: End of story.

    iWork...? I don't know. It looks nice at the first glimpse and it might be good enough for simple home use, but then it runs quickly out of steam.

    So would I wait for a new version of iWork? No. Not because iWork is bad, but because I don't have the feeling that Apple will EVER give that software a major upgrade. They will indefinitely keep it in maintenance mode, but I doubt that there will ever come a mind blowing new killer version of the suite. If they were still serious about iWork, they would not bundle Microsoft Office with their Macs, but they would still sell iWork along with them (as they have in the past, by the way).

    Maybe you should rather wait for Microsoft's next Service Pack for Office 2011 and the rumored iPad version of Office. Maybe.

    The thing for me is: I don't participate in the waiting for an upgrade game. If I --NEED-- some software or hardware today, then I buy what is available today and upgrade later if I NEED the upgrade. If I don't NEED it, then I don't have a reason to buy it today or tomorrow or next year and the whole discussion is moot.

    NEED has something today with business requirements and using my machine park as tools to make a living. So my attitude towards shoveling money in the direction of Cupertino certainly is different than the ideas of most other people who hang out here.
  13. clukas macrumors 6502a


    May 3, 2010
    that would be very nice indeed, but unfortunately very unlikely :(.
  14. Mal macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2002
    That's because it's sold through the App Store. Apple doesn't require an AppleID when you place your order, so they can't tie it to your account. Office is still sold on a disk, so they simply include it.

  15. numbersyx macrumors 65816


    Sep 29, 2006
    Excel is much better than Numbers. Keynote kills PowerPoint and Word has the edge over Pages but iWork costs almost a third of Office....
  16. anonnymouse macrumors regular

    Dec 4, 2011
    It will be The new iWork.
  17. markrox7 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Apr 17, 2011
    You never know, Microsoft is including Office 13 on all Windows RT devices. (or something like that, if I'm not mistaken.)
  18. ScottNWDW macrumors 65816


    Jul 10, 2008
    Orlando, Florida
    a version of Office has always been included on Windows phones.
  19. markrox7 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Apr 17, 2011
    So from what I've been hearing and reading, iWork will not be relaunched as iWork '12 (or '13 or whatever,) there'll just be an update to the existing apps in the Mac App Store. This update will probably come along with Mountain Lion, and it'll include support for ML along with iCloud integration. Just my thoughts, but they seem reasonable and realistic. :apple:
  20. MRU Suspended


    Aug 23, 2005
    Hope it's better with ML than it is with Lion. I noticed Pages since lion has become a very heavy resource hog, especially if a file contains a lot of photos and graphics.

    I have a 16gb Mac Pro 2.8 OctoCore and it turns it into a dog since Lion..... With SL it's much smoother experience.

    I really hoped for a full on refresh tbh.
  21. keaide macrumors regular

    Nov 13, 2010
    I'm also waiting for a new release of the iWork apps. Is only for personal use, so I don't need all the expert features of Excel. And the iCloud integration they showed looks really like a convenient feature for home use. Wouldn't put any sensitive documents there,though...

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