Could Apple Release iWork ’12 Alongside OS X Mountain Lion On July 25th?

Could Apple Release iWork ’12 Alongside OS X Mountain Lion On July 25th?

Apple’s iWork suite hasn’t been updated since January 2009. To put that in perspective, when the last major version of iWork came out, OS X Leopard was still the most recent version of Apple’s operating system, and Snow Leopard was still eight months away from being announced: OS X Lion and Mountain Lion weren’t even glimmers on the horizon then. The most current iPhone was the iPhone 3G, and the iPad was still a year from being released.

It’s obvious, then, that the iWork suite is way past due for an update. It’s possible, though, that we could see iWork ’12 hit as soon as the end of July, dropping alongside OS X Mountain Lion.

This theory comes via Applebitch.com, and while it’s all speculation, it makes sense.

Essentially, the argument is that, right now, in every iWork app, clicking the share button on a document sends your document, spreadsheet or presentation to the iWork.com beta site. The only problem? Apple is shutting down the iWork.com beta site at the end of the month, so if Apple doesn’t update the app to at least give it iCloud compatibility, the iWork suite’s share functionality will be broken for millions of users.

Apple could, of course, just send out a point release update giving iWork ’09 iCloud integration, but couldn’t there be another possibility? After all, it’s widely believed that Apple will officially release OS X Mountain Lion on July 25th, one day after the company’s quarterly earnings call. This is the same timing Apple used to release OS X Lion last year. Wouldn’t the release of OS X Mountain Lion also be the perfect opportunity to drop a totally new version of the iWork suite?

At the very least, iWork should get an iCloud update before the end of the month. Could it be more than that, though? iWork has gone an awful long time without an update, but it seems weird that Apple wouldn’t showcase an entirely new version of their office suite on stage at an event. What do you think?

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  • Eric_M_White

    I would like to see iPhoto and iMovie refreshed as well. The iOS apps for both a very good and the Mac apps need to be updated to match. New iWork would be great as well. I am really hoping to see a Mac app for iBooks. Apple needs to bring books to the Mac to compete with Amazon’s Kindle Mac app.

  • garrettchace

    Why does everyone think Mountain Lion is coming on the 25th? If you look at Apple’s website, every calendar in the Mountain Lion section reads “July 17″ which is a Tuesday, and Apple usually issues major software updates on Tuesdays. Why else would they randomly choose this date? Just my thoughts.

  • thegraphicmac

    A welcome update it would be!

  • mr_bee

    I hope it’s a better update than the last couple have been. The article fails to mention that even though it’s been ages since an update, the last couple of updates that *have* come out have been uninspiring at best.

    The Pages UI could use a freshening up throughout. There are still lots of very large bugs. Lots of missing functionality. It’s like they don’t even care about it as a product anymore.

    I don’t think it will happen, but if MS Word came out for iOS tomorrow, Pages would be *history* despite it’s many advantages, despite a 4 or 5 year lead, and despite the first version of Word likely being a total clunker. Apple needs to do more than provide minimal tools here.

  • wizard32843

    Why does everyone think Mountain Lion is coming on the 25th? If you look at Apple’s website, every calendar in the Mountain Lion section reads “July 17″ which is a Tuesday, and Apple usually issues major software updates on Tuesdays. Why else would they randomly choose this date? Just my thoughts.

    You should take a look at the iCal in your Mac now… “July 17″ is just the default icon of it.
    And btw OS X Lion was released on a Wednesday.

  • ericschultheiss

    Unless there are major upgrades to the functionality and UI, an iWork ’12 seems unlikely. More likely is a point update to add iCloud sharing; just like when the iPad and iBooks came out, there was a point update to allow for exporting in the ePub format.

  • CharilaosMulder

    Well first of all Apple already announced iCloud integration. There will be a beautiful new iCloud section in the open document window. Every other aspect of the iWork apps looks and feels outdated. Especially the buttons are so tiny, as if it were designed for 50 ppi displays (TextEdit too!).

  • ArianMoziFa

    It’s At Least Better Than That Trash, Office!

  • Karolis Makrickas

    Mhm… definitely there will be some kind of update. ’cause now iWork don’t even fully support full-screen in Mountain lion! If you click to go to full-screen mode, format bat don’t appear!

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