News travels fast, and by now it should be painfully obvious that Apple is hosting a media event next Wednesday, October 20 at the Cupertino campus, what with all of the rumors circulating on various technology blogs, ours included. The company’s invite touts “Back to the Mac” with the image of a lion peeking out from behind the infamous Apple logo, but what does it all mean?
No one but Steve Jobs and Company knows for sure just yet, but the focus is clearly back on the desktop computer, most likely a first peek at the next Mac OS X 10.7, which many believe will be code-named “Lion” in keeping with the “big cat” theme of past OS updates. We put on our thinking cap and came up with some theories as to what software Apple might have in store for our future.
Microsoft Office makes money. So, with that being the case, why won't Microsoft make a version of Office for the iPad so that we can give them more money to love?
It seems like a pretty straight forward gambit: With Apple having shipped over five million iPads, many of which are no doubt totting copies of iWork, you'd think that the boys from Redmond would have wanted to get a piece of the pie. It's not like they haven't had time to get their ducks in a row. Even poor, brow-beaten Blackberry, are preparing to enter the tablet world with an entry of their own recently acquired DataViz, a company that was producing office applications for handheld devices long before the iPad was a glint in Steve Jobs' eye. C'mon Microsoft! We can even log into Google Docs on the fly these days! How can you look the public in the eye and tell us that Office for our iPads, iPhones and iPods is a no go?
You've been asking, and though we don't have an answer for you just yet, we can confirm that there are rumors around the internet suggesting that there may be an iLife and iWork update come September and October. Users searching through Amazon France have discovered that there's a title for iLife '10. The book is supposed to launch on September 23rd.
You know how we were mentioning iWork for iPhone 4 earlier? Well, it appears that 9to5Mac has snagged some photos of the notorious mobile application that everyone in the Apple sphere is talking about.
For kicks, we've included a couple of screenshots of Pages from the iWork suite after the cut. This particular version of iWork seems to utilize the same user interface as the iPad version, except for the obviously smaller form factor.
We're not entirely sure how we feel about these leaked screenshots of iWork for the iPhone. On one hand, we'd be able to be super productive while protectively clutching our phones on the bus ride to work. On the other hand, we'd never be able to put work down. Regardless, the idea of Pages running on an iPod touch brings a smile to our face. There are rumors that the app is currently beta testing, though how close we are to an actual release of iWork is not exactly known.
We just purchased an iMac with the iWork suite. I used to use Microsoft Word to print individual envelopes of different sizes and also Avery mailing labels. Word let me specify which Avery labels I was using and would automatically print them. Can Pages do this too, or am I going to have to purchase Word for the Mac?
The iPad isn't just a big toy, dig? Yes, it's an amazing e-reader and rocks for watching videos, but it's very possible to get some work done with the iPad too. Apple's iWork productivity suite has been redesigned for the iPad, with Keynote, Pages, and Numbers available in the App Store for $9.99 each. These apps let you create documents that can be synced to your Macs and shared via iWork.com, although if you're familiar with the Mac versions of these apps, there are constraints you're bound to hit quickly.