Apple has revamped its popular productivity and lifestyle applications, the iWork and iLife apps, to add new features and make the software free. This move, however, has drawn the ire of a few consumers, incensed that the company has dropped many features of the apps previously available.
Users of iLife and iWork were treated to free upgrades to major versions of the apps at Apple's live events earlier this week. This move is part of a broader effort to offer consumers paid apps for free. However, longtime users of the app are quite annoyed with the updates as they claim that the new versions are regressive and miss a few features available in previous versions. Many have taken to the official support forum of Apple to air their grievance.
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Among the popular features missing from the new Lifestyle and work app is functionality from Revamped Apple's word processing app, end notes, templates, and the customizable toolbar. The company has also taken down a chart from its website which features the compatibility between the iWork and Microsoft Office apps like Power Point and Word to Keynote, prompting responses from disappointed consumers.
The company has declined to comment about whether or not these features will be back in the next enhancement. According to avid Apple fans, the reason for this enhancement is clear. The company has revamped its app to simplify. The new versions of iWork and iLife are designed to mirror their counterparts on iOS as closely as possible.
Given the sharing capabilities that Apple has created, this seems like a wise move. The good news for consumers is that one can switch back to the older version of the apps if they have them. Given that Apple has not yet responded to consumer grievances, it remains to be seen whether the new version of iLife and iWork will restore the previous functionality that users were comfortable with.
Knowing Apple, one can expect a complete revamping of the applications to create a trendier, snazzier, and more exciting set of work and life applications.