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Show Stoppers

May 17, 2013 - Dave Hecei
whatis_heroThis years WWDC, Apple’s yearly developers conference, takes place in just a few weeks. While there is no doubt that Apple will show off the next version of iOS and hopefully Mac OS X, I’m sort of hoping for a show stopper. No, not a new Mac Pro tower, while that would be awesome, I mean an update to Apple’s staples like iLife (iMovie, iPhoto, and Garage Band) and iWork (Pages, Keynote, and Numbers).

Since their release, iLife and iWork have been updated several times. Just the other day they pushed out an update to iMovie bringing it up to version 9.0.9.  The problem is that most of these updates are pretty much bug fixes. Sure they may have added a few extra bits in there, but I’m talking about Apple releasing iLife ’13 and iWork ’13.

One thing that I have read that might be making the update problematic is the fact that Apple now sells iLife and iWork on the Mac App Store, as separate Apps. The iLife Apps are priced at $14.99 each and the iWork Apps are $19.99 each. This is nice and all, meaning that you’re not forced to buy the whole suite if you only want on or two of the Apps.

The problem comes down to the fact that Apple doesn’t charge for upgrades of these programs. If you bought Keynote on the App store you can download it again for free. I don’t know if Apple came out with an iPhoto ’13 whether they could charge customers for it or it they would have to let owners of iPhoto ’11 get it for free. The Mac App Store doesn’t have an upgrade path where you pay. Maybe they will have to give a new version away or maybe they could rename the App and get another $15-20.

This is something that can be a bit surprising. If you look at all the Apple software, the stuff actually written by Apple, on the Mac App Store, there isn’t anything there that has been updated to the next level. As far as I can see, all their own Apps have only had revisions and have not charged anything for them. This is good and bad. This might mean that we will not see a major update to Apps like iLife, iWork, Final Cut Pro X, Logic, etc. Maybe it’s just another one of those things that Apple is trying to work out, while they try to get out two major OS revisions, a new iPhone, new iPads, and new Macs. It will probably get done in their spare time.


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