Last week, we mentioned a report by ThinkSecret that stated that Apple will launch a new “iWork ’05″ productivity suite at Macworld Expo San Fransicso. The software is said to “include Keynote 2 as well as a new application, Pages,” Ryan Katz reported for ThinkSecret.com. “iWork ’05 will require a 500MHz system and Mac OS X 10.3.6 , sources say. Additionally, the software will require a serial number. It’s unclear whether the new iLife ’05 will also require a serial number–previous versions have not. Also unknown is where iWork ’05 pricing will fall. It’s unclear whether Pages will simply encompass a word processing application or whether Apple will wrap spreadsheet functionality into it as well.”

“What is almost certain, however, is that iWork will come bundled with most, if not all, of Apple’s new systems, including the new $500 headless iMac. Such a move will enable Apple to market the affordable system as being ready-to-go out of the box with all the software most needed by users, including PC switchers,” Katz reported. Full article here.

In the MacDailyNews Reader Feedback to the original article, MDN reader “Solar Flare” remarked that, “There is already a company producing ‘iWork’: http://www.iggsoftware.com/iwork/ Looks like Apple will have to call it something else if it is gonna happen.”

Today, MDN Reader “macnut222″ reports that IGG Software’s ‘iWork’ has been recently (as in today) changed to ‘iBiz’ – http://www.iggsoftware.com/ibiz/ (The web page states: “iBiz: formerly IGG Software’s ‘iWork’”)

MacDailyNews Take: A very interesting development.

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RUMOR: Apple to debut ‘iWork ’05′ productivity suite at Macworld Expo – January 01, 2005