Apple's most neglected product, iWork looks set to get some attention. The company is advertising a number of positions in the iWork team, and crucially, the latest position being advertised appears to be for a bug tester, suggesting that the next version of Apple's office suite may be due to launch soon - perhaps at WWDC.
The last version of iWork for Mac - Apple's answer to Microsoft Office - was released more than four years ago on 6 January 2009. Since then the company has introduced versions of the apps for iOS, and added compatibility with iCloud, but apart from that Apple's office suite has been untouched.
Apple was advertising for 'imaginative and visionary' iWork designers back in February, but new job listings have appeared in recent weeks, with the latest position, for a software QA engineer appearing last weekend.
Apple is looking for a software QA engineer to "work on the next generation of Desktop, Mobile and Web application/services." Their focus will be bug detection amongst other things, suggesting that they may be testing a new version.
Other advertised jobs include a Production Specialist, a Technical Production Ninja, a Verification Engineer, a Visual Motion Designer and a HiDPI Image Specialist, writes TUAW.
In the time since Apple released iWork 09, Microsoft released Office for Mac 2011 (on 26 October 2010). Microsoft is expected to announce a new version of the Office suite for the Mac soon (the company launched Office 2013 for the PC market in January 2013). The latest claims point to a 2014 launch of Microsoft Office for Mac. There has been some doubt as to whether Microsoft will announce companion iOS apps, but these are said to be planned for later next year.
We hope that we will see new versions of iWork applications at WWDC this June. What would be on your wish list for new features if Apple was to update its office suite?