RUMOR: Apple to debut ‘iWork ‘05’ productivity suite at Macworld Expo

“Apple will launch its new iWork ’05 productivity suite at Macworld Expo, Think Secret has learned. The software, code-named Sugar (as alluded to in our previous Expo report), will include Keynote 2 as well as a new application, Pages,” Ryan Katz reports 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 reports.

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: If true, in combination with the rumored $500 “Headless iMac,” it would seem that those who thought Apple has forgotten about the Mac platform in favor of their quest for iPod world domination were as wrong as could be. Apple may have been preparing the Mac platform for a big time comeback all along.

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83 Comments

  1. Happy new Year Everyone!!

    I can’t wait for MWSF
    iMac mini
    iWork
    iLife 05
    etc.

    It’s getting to be almost too much for me.

    BTW: Anyone notice that the iPod flash rumors have all but disappeared?

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  2. I’m so freakin sick of paying for MS Office and it’s crazy ass licensing scheme! I hope this rumor is true – I’d love to never have to put another piece of MS software on my Apples.

    Over the Christmas holidays, I got mad at one of my little brothers for putting MS media player for the mac on one of my machines. He was doing it so that he could watch some funny videos that he’d downloaded off of the internet, and I was probably a little too adament about him not doing so. However, that’s indicative of the disdain that I have for MS products right now – I think even their best piece of software (i.e. MS Office for the Mac) is suspect and I don’t want it on my machines, and (quite frankly) I don’t want to support MS.

    Just my .02

  3. Boy, the rumor mill has been cranked up to warp speed this year! Not that some of it may still be true.
    Did you hear that Apple will be announcing the cure for cancer at Macworld Expo? Apple seems to be taking advantage of their virus free environment. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”grin” style=”border:0;” />

  4. Hey, just imagine if this Expo comes and goes and all they announce is a couple of PB updates… Now THAT will make everyone leave with a sick feeling in their stomachs…

    -Russ

  5. If all the rumours are true, then Jobs is going to need about 4 hours before he gets to “One last thing…..”

    What have we got so far….
    1. Headless Mac?
    2. iWork?
    3. New iLife suite?
    4. Speed bumped PowerBooks?
    5. 10.4.1 details/release date?
    6. iPhone with Moto?
    7. iPod flash?
    8. 3 Ghz Powermac?
    9. Keynote 2 plus Crossbow & Slingshot?
    10. Asteroid??
    11. 5 Gig iPod mini?

    There must be some more surely?

    A good New Year to all readers.

    John C

  6. This would be another strike against Microsoft, the first one being Keynote, and will surelly influence that company’s release scedule for this year. I think Office X could be retired and a hardware accelerated version of Virtual PC will be the only option for those who wish to use Office on OS X. This way Mac users would have to pay a little more than Windows users, unless the emulator becomes a free download. After all, Microsoft could still make money if OS X users buy Windows software.

  7. This may be off the subject but, here is my Apple wish for the new year.

    Come up with a laptop power plug design that doesn’t stop working at the touch of a feather. Even if the connection doesn’t look bent it will fail to make a connection with the siltiest bit of abuse. We plug and unplug these things all the time, the connections should be designed to take a little abuse. At the very least, design it so the end plug can be replaced without buying a hole new $80 power supply. All my friends (including myself) have gone through several PowerBook/iBook power supplies.

    Sorry, most of my posts are normally funny (at least I think so) but I had to get that off my chest.

    I know it’s New Years and no, I don’t have a life, I have 4 kids, (DADDYsteve, get it) all asleep now. And for New Years day I have to work. Yes, my work is making me stand on the football field at the Rose Bowl and take pictures. It’s a tough job, but someone has to do it! ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”grin” style=”border:0;” />

  8. DaddySteve
    Yes, my work is making me stand on the football field at the Rose Bowl and take pictures. It’s a tough job, but someone has to do it!

    Hell yeah! Happy New Year and have fun D Steve!

    As an ameteur photographer enthusiast, I’d love to see some of your work if you’ve got any to share!

    Cheers!

  9. hehehe I’m drunk, just staggered into bed and nearly sat on my iBook!

    I hope Steve Jobs releases… a fart live on stage. Now THAT would be priceless!

    Happy New Year!

  10. The only apps I get trouble out of are MS ones – BUT, MS Office on the mac really helps switchers, convincing them to swap hardware, software and “known apps” might be a far harder task.

    UNLESS iWork is a true MS Word (etc) killer.

    That said I’d love iWork.

  11. I wonder if the iWork is based on Evermore Office Suite http://www.evermoresw.com/weben/index.jsp Evermore looks like it will be national standard in China and if the headless $500 iMac arrives it would have a chance to become similar standard in schools (Universities alone have 4.2 million students).

    Apple was holding a week along sales training seminar in Shanghai couple of months ago in Grand Hyatt so there must be something important coming up. There are also several Apple new mini stores in one of the shopping centers I visit (it also has 5 KFC’s). When the cheapest iMac cost about 6 months average salary so…MacWorldExpo will be very interesting to see.

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