With iWork, Apple Walks It Back Before Moving Forward


Over the last few days there has been a lot of talk about Apple’s new direction for iWork, especially when it comes to the OS X versions of its productivity suite. At an event on Tuesday, the company announced that they would be making iWork free with purchase of a new device — but it also announced a redesign that many are seeing as a regression of the product.

Specifically, many who use Pages, Numbers and Keynote heavily are remarking on the loss of what they characterize as “pro” features. These power users are lamenting the changes, many of which mimic the look and feel of the suite on Apple’s iOS platform.

The thing is, they’re right. Apple did “walk back” the features and feel of iWork slightly across the board — and significantly in some niche cases. But it’s far too early in this new era of a free…

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