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The September 2013 Apple Event Round-Up

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Apple today held a media event at their Cupertino campus in California to introduce a number of brand new devices and software, including the iPhone 5S, the iPhone 5C and the new iOS 7 operating system for mobile devices. Here is a run-down of all of the pertinent points from the event, which also included developments in iWork and iTunes Radio.

iOS 7 Showcase
Apple SVP of Software Engineering Craig Federighi came on stage to showcase iOS 7, the new operating system that contains a huge number of new features including new lock screen and notification center developments, enhancements for new Apple devices, as well as an entirely new user interface. Federighi announced that iOS 7 would be launching on September 18 and will be compatible with most iOS devices including the iPhone 4 and later, the iPad 2 and later, the first generation iPad mini and the iPod touch. The new software will be free of charge and will also ship with all new Apple devices. Apple has plugged in a new version of Safari and has made several improvements to Siri. There is a new multitasking view for the OS as well as three new ringtones. The software also contains a new Photos app, with better organization of images, as well as new filters for the Camera app. iOS 7 also ships with iTunes Radio, the new Apple music streaming service.
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iWork For iCloud Beta Now Available Worldwide

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Apple has today opened up the beta version of iWork for iCloud to the public, moving the service closer to final release. The beta, which was previously only open to a limited number of users which were principally associated with the Apple Developer program, is now available for anyone with an Apple ID to access and use. Users can access the iWork for iCloud beta through the iCloud web portal, giving users the option to use Pages, Keynote and Numbers with all documents synced through iCloud.
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iCloud.com Beta Site Receives Big Update To Look Like iOS 7

iCloud Beta Site
The beta staging site for iCloud.com has been updated with a completely new design to reflect the new style of iOS 7. The beta site, which includes the latest versions of the iWork for iCloud, received the update today as part of the eventual roll out of the new iOS 7 design which is set for a public debut in the Fall of this year. The new design doesn’t just relate to the initial apps screen but is extended all through the site, meaning that the iCloud Mail, Contacts, Calendar, Notes and Reminders all adopt the same design structure.
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Apple Extends iWork for iCloud Beta To More Users; Firefox Still Not Supported

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Apple has begun sending out more invites for the iWork for iCloud beta program yesterday, issuing invites to those who hold both paid and free Developer accounts (via TNW). Following the announcement of the new service last month, Apple immediately opened up beta access to paid up members of the Apple Developer program. However, the most recent batch of invites have gone out to those with free Developer accounts, such as those with expired program membership, or individuals who have taken part in the Apple Customer Seeding Program.
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Apple Announces New iWork For iCloud

iWork for iCloud
Apple has today demonstrated the latest version of iWork with deep iCloud integration, called iWork for iCloud. The new software can be opened right from a web browser, with online versions of Pages, Keynote and Numbers. The new software allows full document and presentation editing from within the browser in addition to offering new features on the desktop versions of the software. Users can even open and edit iWork documents in another OS such as Windows 8.
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iWork Lives! Apple Hiring For Testing Of Next Generation iWork Software


Despite many assumptions to the contrary, it seems that Apple hasn’t forgotten iWork altogether as the company has today posted a job advertisement looking for a software QA engineer to work on the next generation of iWork software. The position advertisement is specifying a software engineer who can ‘work on the next generation of Desktop, Mobile and Web application/services‘. The position appears to be focused on bug detection, isolation and reporting in the iWork suite.
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iWork Isn’t Dead; Apple Hiring Engineer To Make Numbers App Better

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Apple is apparently working to make the next generation of Numbers for iWork a reality as they looking to hire a Software Engineer to work as part of the Numbers team. The position, posted on Apple’s recruitment site, offers the opportunity ‘to deliver beautiful and engaging applications on the Mac and iPad platforms’ for the future direction of the software.
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Apple Releases iWork Update For iOS And Mac

Apple has just released a substantial update for iWork for both the Mac and the iOS versions of Pages, Number and Keynote. The update brings iWork up to version 9.3 on the Mac, and version 1.7 on iOS devices. The majority of the changes are bug fixes and tweaks, rather than entirely new features, or an entirely new version like, gasp… iWork’13.

There are a few notable improvements in the updates such as the ability to add reflections to objects and shapes, as well as improved track changes options that are compatible with both Pages and with Microsoft Word. There are also several new slide transition themes in Keynote and the ability to lock and unlock objects.
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Rumorific: Apple Job Posting Pointing Towards iWork Document Editing In iCloud?

Apple may be looking to expand the functionality of iWork on the web as it has just posted a job opening for an iWork Software QA Engineer that will work on the next generation of Desktop, Mobile and, notably, Web Applications and Services. This could potentially represent a new way of managing and editing iWork files stored in iCloud, beyond the ‘view-only’ function that it currently offers.

The iWork functionality on iCloud as it currently stands is actually pretty limited as it only allows the syncing of iWork documents and files to separate devices, which generally need iWork to be installed on them for any editing or content creation. An iWork web application, as referenced in the job posting, could potentially allow a limited feature version of iWork to run within the iCloud web framework, and therefore give users the ability to edit their documents directly in iCloud.
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Rumor: Brand New iWork Edition For iPad Coming Soon

While iWork on the Mac is still languishing in the last decade, a new report is suggesting that Apple has been working with Windows virtualization company VMWare on a special version of iWork for iPad. According to CRN (spotted by 9to5Mac), the new iPad app will utilize desktop virtualization to offer cloud versions of the iWork suite of apps (Pages, Numbers and Keynote). The app will essentially function as a separate infrastructure from iCloud, and will be predominantly directed towards the enterprise market.

The report notes that the new iWork software will go into direct competition with Microsoft, as the Apple rival has been rumored to be in the middle of preparing a Microsoft Office suite for the iPad. The launch of Office for iPad has been rumored to take place in March 2013, and as it stands, this new software will hopefully be making an appearance sooner rather than later.
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