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Apple issues minor updates to OS X iMovie, iWork suite

08/21, 7:00pm

Release notes offer little information, but iMovie Theater bug fixed

On Thursday, Apple issued minor updates to its OS X versions of iMovie, Pages, Keynote and Numbers. The most significant of the updates appears to be for iMovie, updated to version 10.0.5 that offers iCloud compatibility improvements for iMovie Theater, though there is still no fix for the program under the Yosemite Public Beta. Also updated were Keynote (to v6.2.2), Pages (to 5.2.2), and Numbers (to version 3.2.2).

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Apple updates iWork for iCloud, improves desktop, mobile integration

06/24, 7:52pm

Productivity suite now offers seamless switching between environments

On Tuesday, Apple updated its iWork suite of apps for iCloud -- Pages, Numbers and Keynote -- for better harmonization with the desktop and mobile versions of the apps. The improvements, such as persistent document settings across platforms, are intended to make the transition from working on a document using the desktop app to opening the same file on iCloud more consistent and smoother for users. Screen names for opening shared documents and other areas have also been improved.

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Apple's iWork for iCloud gets support for 1GB files, 100-person teams

05/20, 4:25pm

Charts, image caps see tweaks

Apple has updated iWork for iCloud with several improvements. Most significantly, compatible documents can now measure up to 1GB in size, and collaboration support has been expanded to 100 people. Users can also apply formatting to charts, and create 2D and interactive charts. More color options are available, and the cap on image size has been increased to 10MB.

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Apple updates iOS Pages, Numbers, Keynote versions

04/22, 9:21pm

Quick update may have connection to earlier Airport OpenSSL patch

Among other updates issued on Tuesday, Apple has further updated the iOS versions of Pages, Numbers and Keynote -- formerly known collectively as iWork apps -- to version 2.2.1, just three weeks after its last update. The previous version introduced new features and restored old ones, but today's update lists only unnamed "stability and bug fixes," which might hint that the change is related somehow to an OpenSSL patch for 2013 Airport Extremes and Time Capsules issued earlier today.

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Apple updates Pages, Numbers, Keynote for Mac, iOS

04/01, 6:33pm

Web version also gains additional functionality, just after Office for iPad arrives

In what is probably a coincidental update following the recent release of Office for iPad, Apple has launched new versions of the trio of apps formerly known as iWork (i.e., Pages, Numbers and Keynote) for both OS X and iOS. The biggest new feature across all versions is a new "view only" setting that allows users to share documents but keep them read-only. Pages for OS X and iOS gains better support for key features such as ePub export, Numbers for OS X and iOS has improved Excel compatibility, and Keynote for both platforms now supports PPTX export, among many other new and improved features for all three programs.

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iWork for iCloud gets fresh upgrades; iOS/Mac updates coming today

04/01, 4:19pm

Web apps get Retina display enhancements, more

Apple has made some improvements to iWork for iCloud, according to pop-up messages. All three web apps in the suite -- Pages, Numbers, and Keynote -- have been given better support for Retina displays, a new editor tab, and upgraded sharing functions. The latter let people set shared documents as view-only, and open documents directly via iCloud Mail.

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Apple updates Mac iMovie, Mac and iOS iWork with fixes, features

01/23, 6:00pm

Keynote 6.1 regains transitions, new features; iMovie fixes bugs

Apple on Thursday continued with a slew of updates by issuing a bug-fix release of iMovie for OS X, bringing it up to v10.0.2, and a refresh of its productivity suite of three apps known collectively as "iWork" for OS X and iOS that returns some features dropped from the previous releases in November, which were part of a "rebuilding" process for the now 64-bit and web-compatible programs (Keynote, Pages and Numbers). Apple had previously promised to return most features taken out of the programs in the most recent redesign.

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iWork for iCloud gets iOS 7-style redesign, password security

01/23, 2:46pm

List shows recently-shared documents

Apple has pushed out a major update of the iWork for iCloud suite of web apps. While the apps are still officially in beta, all three have been given a new, iOS 7-style makeover for their template pickers and document libraries. During editing, though, users will still see the old iOS 6-style look.

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Apple updates iWork apps for Mac, bumps iOS suite to 2.0.1 [U]

11/21, 4:52pm

Keynote gets substantial improvements, others get back customizable toolbars

[Updated with additional information] As promised by the company in response to user feedback, updates have been made to Apple's iWork suites of apps for Mac and iOS. Apple has released v2.0.1 updates for the iOS versions of Pages, Numbers, and Keynote. The iOS versions of, Pages and Numbers have only received minor bugfixes, but the Mac versions gained back a feature removed from the v10 remakes - customizable toolbars. The Mac and iOS version of Keynote also added a series of new transitions and builds.

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iWork for iCloud gets file folders, collaboration details

11/14, 2:30pm

Web apps still officially in beta

Apple has made several minor updates to iWork for iCloud. The emphasis is on collaboration features, which now include a list of the people currently working on a project. Likewise, apps will display cursors and selections for each editor.

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Microsoft revamps free Office Web Apps amid iWork rivalry

11/07, 2:30pm

Real-time collaboration competes with Google

Microsoft has introduced a range of new features to its Office 365 web apps, strengthening the free productivity tools amid a growing rivalry with Apple's iWork suite. Real-time co-authoring is the focal point for the web-based utilities, enabling multiple users to simultaneously collaborate on the same project. The feature essentially catches up with the capabilities of iWork and Google Docs.

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Traditional iWork features to return in later updates, Apple promises

11/06, 2:28pm

Users have complained about missing features

Some features that went missing in last month's iWork update for the Mac will return within the next six months, Apple states in a new knowledge base article. The company says that it rewrote the suite with compatibility in mind, including 64-bit processing and interaction between Mac, iOS, and iCloud. That led to some iWork '09 features being left out, but a number of them should return in a series of future updates.

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Most AppleScript commands stripped out of latest iWork apps

10/23, 11:26am

Could impact number of developers

The AppleScript dictionary included with the latest version of the iWork suite has been so stripped down as to be virtually absent, a developer observes. AppleScript lets both developers and individuals automate actions that would otherwise require many repetitive steps. "What I suspect Apple doesn't realize is how much small business and small shops workflow depends upon AppleScript," comments the developer, Clark Goble. "Casual use is fine. But a lot of people do more. It wouldn't be so bad were there an alternative."

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Users of older iLife, iWork apps seeing trouble upgrading to new apps

10/23, 9:13am

Mac App Store failing to recognize existing installations

Some users of iLife '11 and iWork '09 are having trouble upgrading to the new versions released yesterday, according to complaints. The difficulty is that when trying to download the new software through the Mac App Store, the store fails to recognize the earlier installations. Instead it responds with an error message: "[The app] is already installed and was not purchased from the Mac App Store. Do you want to buy [the app]?"

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Apple updates iLife, iWork apps for Mac, iOS

10/22, 2:41pm

All now 64-bit, free for iOS 7 and Mavericks upgraders

Apple has launched updated versions of the apps formerly known as the "iLife" and "iWork" suites for OS X and iOS 7. On the Mac, iPhoto, iMovie and Garageband get makeovers, with major changes seen in Garageband to bring it much more in line with Apple's existing "Pro" audio app, Logic Pro. For iOS, the three programs have been updated for the iOS 7 look, with iPhoto for iOS gaining the ability to make photo books. The iWork apps have received new templates and design overhauls, but are otherwise only lightly changed.

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iWork for iCloud promises updates within 'a few short hours'

10/22, 10:05am

Service on verge of leaving beta

Apple is in the process of bringing iWork for iCloud out of beta later today, a glimpse at iCloud.com suggests. Loading the beta Pages, Numbers, or Keynote web apps currently triggers a notification at the top of the site, promising more features for each app within "a few short hours." Apple is due to hold a press event at 10AM Pacific time, after which the company will presumably flip the switch on completed web apps.

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iWork iOS apps suffering from 'blue screen of death' crashes

09/24, 11:02am

Issues not universal

Some users of the new iOS iWork apps are experiencing "blue screen of death" crashes, complaints indicate. The crashes can potentially affect Pages, Numbers, and Keynote alike, and are easy to trigger. After launching one of the apps, users just have to open an existing document and then hit a device's Home button. This may not only kill the app, but force the device itself to reboot. Not all users are suffering from the problem however.

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Apple makes iWork, iPhoto, iMovie free for new iOS device purchases

09/10, 1:54pm

On-screen prompt for downloads will appear on devices

As hinted at previously, Apple will be providing five best-selling creativity and productivity apps free to customers buying new iOS devices. The iWork suite, consisting of Keynote, Pages, and Numbers, along with iPhoto and iMovie will be available to download at no charge to anyone purchasing a new iPad, new iPhone, or 5th-gen iPod touch in the future.

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iWork for iCloud beta access limited due to 'overwhelming' demand

08/26, 10:37am

Users encounter error messages at iCloud.com

Apple is restricting some users' access to the iWork for iCloud beta, anecdotes indicate. People trying to launch Pages, Numbers, or Keynote from the iCloud website may find themselves blocked by an error message stating that Apple has had an "overwhelming response," and asking them to "check back soon." The company promises however that documents saved in the Mac and iOS versions of iWork will still be backed up to iCloud.

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iWork for iCloud beta becomes available to all iCloud users

08/23, 10:15am

Rollout no longer gradual

The iWork for iCloud beta is now accessible by all iCloud users. Web versions of the iWork apps -- Pages, Numbers, and Keynote -- were initially restricted to developers, but then gradually began reaching the general public through the beta iCloud site. Today, though, the iWork apps have been independently pushed to iCloud.com.

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Public, press receiving invites to iWork for iCloud beta

07/18, 11:00pm

Web version brings iWork to PC, may be free of charge

MacNN readers and staffers have reported receiving invitations from Apple to try out the iWork for iCloud beta, and may expand the program to all those with an iCloud account. The online version of the three iWork apps -- Pages, Numbers and Keynote -- is not believed to be intended to replace the local Mac and iOS versions, but instead complement them with a way to use the programs from any online device -- including, for the first time, Windows computers. Our reviews of the apps found them to be superb implementations of the latest web technologies.

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iOS 7 beta hints at iWork suite going free in near future

07/09, 11:35am

Several paid Apple apps included in first-time recommendations

An oddity in the latest iOS 7 beta suggests that Apple could make the iOS edition of iWork and/or several other of its apps free. The App Store's first-time recommendation window, which suggests Apple apps to download, is currently including the iWork apps -- Pages, Keynote, Numbers -- as well as several other paid titles, like iMovie, iPhoto, and GarageBand. The window normally only mentions free apps, such as iBooks and Find My iPhone.

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First look: Numbers for iCloud

07/05, 9:09am

Numbers for iCloud is beautiful, elegant and simple to use

In past two days, we have taken a "first look" at Pages for iCloud and Keynote for iCloud. Both are great examples of Apple’s software-making prowess, and reinforce Apple CEO Tim Cook’s recent assertion that it remains ‘laser focused on product innovation’. Not being one for working with numbers, I was not particularly looking forward to looking more closely at Numbers. However, just as Pages and Keynote for iCloud will change your perception of what is possible in a web-based app, Numbers for iCloud will too. Even if you’ve never used a spreadsheet before, you just might actually want to use Numbers for iCloud when it debuts in the fall.

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First look: Keynote for iCloud

07/04, 8:00am

Keynote for iCloud defines Apple's vision for web 3.0

Yesterday we took a look at the Pages for iCloud beta and were highly impressed by what Apple has achieved with its word processing and publishing application. It looks and works very much like a desktop application and pushes the envelope for what has previously been achieved with an entirely web-based app. Keynote is the next of the three iWork for iCloud beta apps in our short series looking at Apple's new iWork for iCloud suite of web apps. Is it possible to recreate a presentation app in the cloud with the full power of a desktop presentation app? It doesn't seem likely, but then it didn't seem likely that we would see what a web-app like Pages for iCloud can do in a browser.

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iWork for iCloud beta expands to include Apple workers

06/26, 1:07pm

Test base grows beyond developers

Access to the iWork for iCloud beta has been extended to Apple workers, according to an internal email. Pages, Numbers, and Keynote web apps were launched in beta form earlier this month at WWDC 2013, but testing was initially restricted to third parties registered in Apple's developer program. Apple workers are allowed to access the beta for personal use.

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Apple posts videos for WWDC 2013 keynote, iOS 7, Designed by Apple ad

06/10, 4:50pm

First solid glimpse at new iOS

Apple has posted several videos on its website in the wake of today's WWDC keynote. These include the keynote itself, designer Jonathan Ive's introduction to iOS 7, and the "Designed by Apple" corporate branding ad narrated by Ben Affleck. The keynote video is roughly two hours long.

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iWork app suite coming to iCloud later this year

06/10, 4:18pm

Will support Office documents

Apple has announced that its iWork app suite -- Pages, Keynote, and Numbers -- will be coming to iCloud.com sometime later this year. In web form, the apps will support a variety of editing functions such as font selection, adding, cropping, and rotating images, or animating Keynote transitions. Users will be able to gain access via compatible OS X and Windows browsers; Office documents will be included in format support.

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Job listings hint at near-future OS X, iOS iWork updates

05/13, 9:50pm

Updates could arrive on or soon after WWDC

Several recent Apple job listings may hint that the company is on the verge of updating both the OS X and iOS editions of iWork, reports say. Some of the listings date back as far as March; one of them, though, was posted on May 11, and specifically calls for an iWork QA tester, which could mean Apple is in the last phases of development. Another opening, dating back to May 7, asks for a "HiDP Image Specialist," tasked with bringing iWork visual designs to Retina displays.

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Apple makes minor updates to iWork iOS apps

03/07, 4:14pm

Apps last updated in December

Apple has posted minor updates to the iOS versions of its iWork apps. In this case Pages, Numbers, and Keynote all share the same release notes, indicating that they make "stability improvements and bug fixes." Apple hasn't identified what particular bugs have been solved.

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Apple iWork suite for both iOS and OS X updated

12/04, 5:23pm

iOS update increases Microsoft Office compatibility

After a lengthy break since the last revision, Apple has updated its entire iWork suite of programs on both iOS and OS X. Pages, Numbers and Keynote for iOS are now at version 1.7, with improved compatibility with Microsoft Office and the counterpart iWork programs for Mac. The OS X version has been upgraded to version 9.3, adding support for iWork for iOS 1.7.

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Apple restores new Retina MBP BTO options, adds iWork [u]

08/01, 1:45pm

Thunderbolt-to-FireWire adapter still off store

(Updated with Thunderbolt-to-FireWire availability) Apple appears to have restored new build-to-order options for the lower-end model of the Retina MacBook Pro. At the company's online store, shoppers can now scale the processor up to a 2.6 or 2.7GHz Core i7, or the SSD up to 512 or 768GB. Apple is moreover allowing any new Mac buyer to have Pages, Numbers, or Keynote pre-installed.

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OS X Server, Safari, iWork updates join Mountain Lion [u]

07/25, 10:34am

New Server just $20 add-on

(Updated with Safari security notes) Accompanying today's launch of OS X Mountain Lion are a number of parallel software updates. Amount these is OS X Server for Mountain Lion, a $20 add-on. The release marks another price drop for Server, which in its Lion form cost $49; before that it cost several times more still.

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Notices warn of upcoming iWork.com shutdown

07/02, 12:38pm

Apple again urges people to migrate to iCloud

Apple is sending out email notices reminding people of the impending iWork.com shutdown. The service will go dark on July 31st; in the memo, Apple links users to a support article telling them how to save their documents, and also recommends uploading files to iCloud for access across multiple computers and iOS devices. Once this month's deadline has passed, Apple will delete any documents still left on iWork.com.

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Apple pulls Aperture, iWork trials from website

04/16, 10:40am

Pushes users to Mac App Store

Apple has removed trial versions of Aperture and the iWork suite from its website, reports observe. In both cases, users are now being asked to visit the Mac App Store and pay for full products. "The trial version of iWork is no longer supported. But you can easily purchase Keynote, Pages, and Numbers from the Mac App Store to start creating beautiful presentations, documents, and spreadsheets today," the US iWork page reads.

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Apple to shut down iWork.com beta in favor of iCloud

03/09, 4:50pm

Users can retrieve docs until end of July

Now that iCloud offers modern Mac and iOS users a way to store and edit iWork documents across iOS and Mac devices, Apple has sent e-mails to users of iWork.com informing them that the service will be closing down as of July 31st. The letter contains links to detailed instructions on how to retrieve copies of users' documents that are stored on iWork.com before the shutdown. The service began as a free beta in January 2009.

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iPhoto arrives for iPad; iMovie, iWork, GarageBand updated

03/07, 2:40pm

Updates introduced alongside new iPad

Apple has finally brought iPhoto to the iPad, while introducing updates to the existing iMovie, iWork and GarageBand apps. The apps, introduced alongside the new iPad, have been reworked to take advantage of the third-generation tablet's 2048x1536 'Retina Display', which quadruples the pixel density from the 1024x768 display of the original iPad and iPad 2.

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Russian ElComSoft says it can crack iWork passwords

02/10, 8:15pm

Relies on brute force, forensic specialists

A somewhat sensationalist press release from Russian forensic-cryptology company ElComSoft claims that it can "crack" passwords users put on documents created in Apple's iWork software (which comprises Pages, Numbers and Keynote). However, the company admits that the attack is just a variation on a brute-force cracking method that attempts to guess the password.

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Apple taps iWork VP for e-textbook service

01/17, 7:25pm

Apple uses iWork lead Roger Rosner for textbooks

Apple's digital textbook creation system is relying on the manager of its iWork suite, slips uncovered on Tuesday. Productivity app VP Roger Rosner was said by the Wall Street Journal to be "closely involved" in crafting the system. His involvement would reflect the creative nature of the unveiling, which would let publishers and schools themselves easily create their own textbooks.

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Users reporting iWork documents being deleted via iCloud

10/20, 6:55pm

Bug puts mobile iWork users at high risk of loss

Reports are coming into Apple's support forums that a serious bug in the way iCloud syncing is handling iWork documents -- those created by Pages, Numbers or Keynote -- is causing the files to be deleted upon a fresh sync, leaving mobile iWork app users in particular with lost documents and no apparent way to get the work back (Mac users can recover the documents via their Time Machine or other backup devices).

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Cards, Movie Trailers apps join updates to iWork, iMovie

10/12, 4:00pm

Whole host of Apple apps get updates

Complementing the introduction of Find My Friends and AirPort Utility, Apple has launched two more iOS apps, plus updates to several existing titles. The first of the new apps is Cards, a previously announced program that lets users insert custom text and photos into 21 basic designs and have real-world greeting cards mailed to addresses around the world. This costs $3 when mailing within the US, or $5 when sending a card to an international address.

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iCloud-ready Lion 10.7.2, iTunes 10.5 may drop early

10/08, 7:25pm

Lion and iTunes updates for iCloud may come Oct 11

A late rumor has Apple posting its iCloud-capable Mac OS X Lion and iTunes releases early. The "reliable" Macotakara contact has both Lion 10.7.2 and iTunes 10.5 arriving before the iOS 5 release on October 12. Apple rarely posts updates on weekends, making October 11 the most likely candidate if true.

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Apple gears up with iWork for iOS beta 4, iBooks iOS 5 patch

10/01, 12:15pm

Apple readies for iOS 5 launch with iWork, iBooks

Apple has posted a pair of updates to key iOS 5 apps in preparation for its iPhone event next week. Those with access to the developer center can now get iWork for iOS beta 4. It's uncertain what changes have surfaced in the new build, although at this stage they will likely be limited to polish.

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Apple to reset iCloud backups Sept. 22 ahead of iOS 5 gold

09/18, 10:05pm

iCloud to go offline for Sept 22 for final release

Apple on its developer boards warned that it would reset iCloud backup data on September 22 in what's likely a clue as to the final iOS 5 release. Developers using iCloud during the beta won't have the option of backing up or restoring for an entire workday, between 9AM and 5PM Pacific that day. Any backups from before the reset won't work and will need a fresh backup.

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Apple posts iTunes 10.5 beta 8 and iWork for iOS beta 3

09/09, 3:45pm

iTunes beta 8 and iWork beta 3 close on release

Apple signaled that it was closing in on the release of its iCloud-related efforts on Friday with new developer betas of iTunes and iWork for iOS. iTunes 10.5 beta 8 focuses on "several performance enhancements and bug fixes" but is considered necessary to keep using iTunes Match during its beta phase. As before, testers still have to pay $25 per year like the public but get extra months of service in return for the testing.

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Apple posts iOS 5 beta 6 and Apple TV, iTunes, Xcode betas

08/19, 1:55pm

iOS 5 beta 6, iTunes 10.5 beta 6, Xcode 4.2 ship

On cue, Apple has posted to the Developer Center new test versions of iOS, iTunes, and Xcode. iOS 5 beta 6 primarily tackles bug fixes such as the ability to cope with syncing files changed outside of an app and fixes to Game Center and GameKit. Some bugs continue to remain, such as some iCloud storage commands.

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Apple seeds new iOS iWork, Mac iPhoto betas to developers

08/01, 10:00pm

New versions incorporate iCloud syncing

On the heels of today's iCloud.com beta, Apple has released a new beta for iWork for iOS and a refreshed iPhoto for Mac that includes iCloud compatibility. The iWork updates will allow developers to sync documents begun on one iOS device onto another automatically (if desired), or onto the iCloud website -- where users can also edit documents, with the results automatically synced back to iOS devices.

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Apple details security fixes in iWork 9.1

07/25, 3:30pm

New apps cope with Word, Excel vulnerabilities

Several days after the release of iWork 9.1, Apple has at last published a list of security fixes in its productivity suite. Only three have been made, all revolving around files from Microsoft Office. Two of the closed vulnerabilities are attached to Excel files; prior to the v9.1 update, it was possible to code Excel files to trigger certain buffer overflows or memory corruptions in Numbers, in turn creating crashes or allowing system hijacks.

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iOS 5 beta 4 adds Windows Wi-Fi sync, some iCloud now live

07/22, 6:40pm

iOS 5 beta 4 tweaks Windows

The launch of iOS 5 beta 4 has added a handful of improvements for over-the-air updating. Windows users can now get access to the Wi-Fi syncing that had been given to Mac users first. The update lets users sync either automatically when charging or manually when wireless.

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Apple discontinues boxed copies of numerous apps

07/20, 4:35pm

Directs traffic to Mac App Store

Apple has discontinued boxed copies of several Mac software titles, a note to resellers reveals. Major titles that are now online-only include Aperture 3, Xsan 2, iWork '09 and the iLife '11 suite. Remote Desktop is also being kept off shelves, along with an assortment of Jam Pack add-ons for GarageBand.

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New Safari, iTunes, iWork releases in development [u]

07/20, 11:35am

iTunes expected to go full-screen, 64-bit

(Updated for iWork, iTunes, Safari releases) Apple is preparing several important software updates that should arrive in the near future, Software Update images from AppleInsider indicate. Perhaps the most significant of these is iTunes 10.4, which is said to be designed for Lion, for instance incorporating an iLife-style fullscreen mode which supports app switching using gestures. The program is also being made a native 64-bit Cocoa title, and cleaned up with a variety of stability and performance tweaks. iTunes is one of the few flagship Apple titles still operating with 32-bit code.

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