Apple now limiting access to iWork for iCloud Beta due to high demand

By , Aug 26, 2013

iWork for iCloud sign-ups prompt

This past weekend Apple launched iWork for iCloud Beta to developers and non-developers alike, who could check out the suite as long as they had a valid Apple ID account set up to use iCloud on iOS devices. The web apps have reportedly garnered lots of interest, so much so that the company on Monday was forced to limit access to iWork for iCloud.

In other words, Apple’s online productivity suite has already become too popular, even though it’s currently in beta. Attempting to sign up for the service yields an error prompt with the message saying, “We’ve had an overwhelming response” to iWork for iCloud apps…

Existing users can continue using the service despite high demand (thanks, Thomas!).

The official iWork for iCloud launch is expected this Fall.

In addition to Pages, Keynote and Numbers, Apple through the iCloud interface offers other web apps, namely Mail, Contacts, Calendar, Notes, Reminders and Find My iPhone.

Apple has recently revamped the iCloud website to bring those web apps in line with the overall iOS 7 look and feel, sans the iWork apps which should be flattened soon – at least on the iOS side.

It’s been nearly three years since Apple issued a major update to iWork Mac apps, excluding a minor update eight months ago, so we’re expecting some news on that front come September 10 or later in the year.

iCloud Beta (redesign 013)

The company may soon make iWork and iLife iOS apps free in order to give its users fewer reasons to consider rival platforms, one rumor claimed. Currently, iWork apps sell for $19.99 each on the Mac App Store and $9.99 each on the App Store.

Apple announced iWork for iCloud during June’s WWDC keynote, with access initially restricted to Apple’s registered developers. After the company began dogfooding the software to its own employees, iWork for iCloud Beta opened to select non-developers in July and to the general public last week.

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  • laszlo gaspar

    Microsoft office is going to be screwed if iwork for icloud continues to be this popular.

    • -___-

      No it won’t.

      • omrishtam

        yes actually…

      • hkgsulphate

        I can actually present a keynote on PC with ease…

      • Yash Gorana

        Yes it will.

    • 3aloo1

      Yes it will if it was popular and advanced like microsoft office

  • laszlo gaspar

    Already finding myself using iwork in icloud when i’m on my Windows 8 PC.

    • omrishtam

      switch back to windows 7…it will do u a favor

      • Yash Gorana

        it’s his choice what he wants. why are you poking your nose in between?

      • omrishtam

        it’s an advice

      • laszlo gaspar

        Well I did go back to using a Mac for a while but then I found myself using window 8 again. I’ve had it since the first beta and at the time I used it as my primary OS despite the bugs and occasional lagging.

  • Willie

    Limiting users is actually another reason of saying “we don’t want to release it fully yet”

    • omrishtam

      it means that this is very popular and many people wanna use it…

  • Liam Mulcahy

    I guess that’s a good thing for apple.

  • Liam Mulcahy

    In other news Microsoft is dead.

  • Tony Klapatch

    I can still use it.

  • Markus Hudobnik

    Now if Apple released that as a standalone app on PC, then it might have a fighting chance.

  • Yash Gorana

    The new iCloud (beta) blows my mind everytime i log in. Way to go Apple.