Well, Apple's future is getting close to becoming clear as the date for WWDC 2014 has finally been let loose. Looks like some tech journalists are going to be revamping any early summer vacation plans. Meanwhile, it feels like it's been so long since Microsoft had a hit that this week's news of how well Office for iPad did can't help but be a shot in the arm. Plus games, leaks, updates and new stuff all in this week's hottest news.
Following the release of Microsoft's Word, Excel, and PowerPoint apps for the iPad, Apple is drawing attention to its own office suite with a visual overhaul of the online versions of iWork. The iCloud and Mac versions of Pages, Numbers, and Keynote all resemble their iOS 7 counterparts after today's update, bringing a common visual aesthetic to the Cupertino company's productivity suite regardless of which platform you prefer.
iWork may not have regained the missing features that so many users miss from the pre-Mavericks version so far, but 9to5 Mac reports that Apple did release a significant update today for iWork for iCloud that allows for real-time collaborative efforts.
When Pages for iOS was released alongside the iPad in 2010, it was a showcase of all that was possible with Apple's revolutionary tablet. A natural extension of the Mac app, it set the tone for multitouch content creation, with powerful page layout and word processing templates plus tools that complemented the ones we used on our MacBooks. With the new version 2.0 release, however, Pages is no longer a companion app. A complete rewrite for iOS 7 and OS X Mavericks has brought parity across all platforms, and you'll find the same templates, menus, and features everywhere you go, with a strong emphasis on collaboration and editing.
It’s the week of updates and shutdowns, of explosions and insomnia. In short, it’s another week of the biggest news stories from the writer of Mac|Life, getting you up to date with everything you ever might have missed that you shouldn’t have. So without further ado….
In a significant stain on the otherwise welcome announcement that iWork would now be free for Mac and iOS users, many long-time users were surprised to find that the updated version no longer included several important features in Pages, Numbers, and Keynote. As AppleInsider relates, Apple has now responded to these criticisms with a new support page stating that we'll see the features added again within the next six months.
Sure, there were new iPads in big and little configuration on display this week, but what really seems to have caught our fancy is Mavericks. That’ll all change of course once we get our hot little hands on these new models, but until we give that a spin for you, here’s what happened on your Mac this week.
When is free not exactly “free”? Apparently, Apple’s iWork and iLife apps fall into this category, given that they come with one big “gotcha”: You’ll need to purchase a new Mac or iOS device to get them free, and you'll only receive the apps for that given platform. But it seems Cupertino may have left a loophole for at least three of those apps on the Mac, and our Wednesday recap explains how it works.
Of all the things Apple announced yesterday, few seemed so immune to criticism as the Cupertino giant's decision to make iWork free for all existing Mac and iOS users. However, Frank Shaw, Microsoft's corporate vice president of communications, thought much differently, as AppleInsider reports. In an official Microsoft blog post, Shaw derided the new iWork software, Apple's decision to make it free, and especially the idea of the iPad as a competitor to Microsoft's own Surface tablet.