iWork ’09? Hello? It’s 2012, Apple

“In the tech world, three years is an eternity, so it may come as a surprise to realize that Apple’s own office productivity suite, iWork ’09, was first released in January of that year,” Gene Steinberg writes for Tech Night Owl. “Since then, there have been a few maintenance updates, and the latest versions of the three apps that make up the suite, Pages, Numbers, and Keynote, are fully compatible with Mountain Lion’s Auto Save, Version and full screen features. Microsoft remains behind the curve, having apparently forgotten the promise to make Office 2011 compatible with Lion that was made last year.”

“Now that an app doesn’t receive a major upgrade doesn’t make it less usable. Some prefer older versions of Microsoft Office, for example, simply because they aren’t quite as bloated with useless features,” Steinberg writes. “I have one client, who consults for education, who runs Word 5.1a on an old Power Mac, using an ancient macro program from the 1990s to automate his workflow. He does have a newer version of Word on his iMac, but cannot find any new features that he needs. This is doubly true on the Windows platform, where much of what Office 2013 has to offer is a pathetic implementation of touch for the benefit of Windows 8 users.”

Steinberg writes, “That iWork hasn’t seen a major update doesn’t necessarily mean that the existing version is close enough to perfect not to require some changes… Since I do not pretend to know or understand Apple’s priorities, I can just hope for a better iWork in the near future.”

Much more in the full article – recommended – here.

MacDailyNews Take: You know, in Apple’s defense, when you only have $120 billion cash on-hand, it’s tough to keep an office suite current.

Related articles:
Apple reminds users: iWork.com beta service ends July 31st – July 2, 2012
Apple releases Pages, Numbers and Keynote iWork apps for iPhone and iPod touch – May 31, 2011
Apple’s iLife ‘09 ships on Tuesday, January 27 – January 26, 2009


  1. Well I would love to see a Major Upgrade, especially all those great Transitions used in Slides – like the Dust Clouds, when a Price Drops to the Ground in Apple Keynotes would be a nice thing…

    So hopefully an Updated Version of iWork may come along with the new iMac & MacPro?!

  2. DITTO!!!!
    At minimum, an updated iWork needs:
    –Real time collaboration features.
    –A way to share files with OTHERS who do not have iWork (without exporting into Office files). WHY did Apple kill iWork.com before they had a replacement for that key feature available???

  3. Agree with the take, completely. Apple is bedazzled with the consumer-level product market with crazy-profitable tablets and phones. Fine, but iWork (Numbers especially), MacPro workstations and FinalCut Pro all need some love.

    1. No apple has been remiss on updating a number of times (remember the long wait for FCP8 ;-))

      You know it interesting all the MS fanboys and applehaters in the tech press always accuse the apple fans of “religious devotion”, however I find the MS fanboys, more like a religious cult than your average Mac fan.

      Perhaps long ago in the “bad old days” of 1% marketshare when it was mostly hippies and oddballs who bought apple (I don’t know I was part of the SGI revolution! back then (which actually worked out OK for me considering the fate of SGI)) they were weirdos with “cult like” devotion to apple. But now, mostly, I encounter normal people who recognize (as did I) the vast superiority of OS X over windows and also like the amazing quality, design and attention to detail (and service) of apple hardware.
      The ones you can’t figure are the current windows fans. They have to know (only an idiot wouldn’t recognize) that windows has been going downhill with every release (past 2K) and is now just short of completely worthless. (a trend which they plan to accelerate with win8) Why do they defend it (and the trash hardware now foisted upon them by the likes of HP and dell & levono) so fervently?

      Seems the “cult like” -ignoring reality ball- is now squarely in the court of the PeeeCeee fan boys.

  4. Still using Office 2004 under Snow Leopard – the last version that supported VB macros and did not have the ribbon.

    I am in no hurry to upgrade to Lion/ Mountain Lion because Apple dropped Rosetta, and Office 2004 is PowerPC.

    And while we’re knocking Apple and iWorks, when will Pages have a grammar checker? I know they’re not perfect, and I often ignore Word’s checker’s advice, but it does catch the stupid mistakes, especially those that creep in during editing, like noun-verb agreement.

  5. While Windoze is vastly inferior (as are a lot of Microsoft products), Microsoft has a couple of wins in two of their big products – the XBox, and the Office suite. If iWork wants to compete with Office, they should update much more often than they are.

  6. I have to agree that at this point it is not premature to criticize Apple for stagnating. The money’s coming in, but the innovation has slowed. Logic 10? Please?…

    Is Snow Leopard the best we can do? Can’t we just leapfrog Samsung and Google outside the courtroom?

  7. I hate to say it, but Apple’s track record could make even the most ardent Apple fan a bit wary of becoming too reliant on Apple software. Pages is a great little program; but I’ve never felt comfortable assuming that Pages (or Numbers and Keynote, for that matter) would be supported by Apple for years and years. It’s hard to admit that a company as great as Apple can also be a bit of a flake, but it’s true.

  8. That’s why a naming convention that includes the year of release is a terrible one.

    That said, I’m waiting on new versions to buy from the Mac App Store.

    Speaking of, why doesn’t Apple combine all App stores (iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad and Mac) in one place? You should be able to find what you want and filter by platform. And bundles should be offered when buying an App for multiple devices.

    Move them ALL to the App Store and out of iTunes, Apple!

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