The Apple productivity suite iWork ’11 is not going to make an appearance in the near future, based on stock levels of the existing iWork ’09 suite, AppleBitch has discovered.
While the new iWork ’11 had been almost guaranteed to appear at the Apple event on October 20th, the fact that it didn’t materialize came as a huge surprise.
Like…a smack in the face by your grandmother kind of surprise.
The rumors of the new iWork package had surfaced when it was discovered that Best Buy had both iWork ’09 and iLife ’09 on backorder, as reported by the excellent folks over at 9to5Mac. We had thought that they would release it in response to Microsoft releasing Office 2011 for Mac. However, AppleBitch.com discovered today that iWork ’09 stocks are now readily available again with Best Buy able to supply it within 1 business day.
Of course, the other eagerly awaited package, iLife ’11, was launched at the Apple event on 20th October.
While this doesn’t give concrete evidence that Apple will not be shipping the iWork ’11 package in the near future (a no-show at a recent Apple event pretty much screams that), it indicates that it will be at least a while before it makes an appearance.
Sad but true.