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Darwin's Theory of Evolution as applied to the biological world may still be a contentious issue - especially in several education systems - but in the IT world evolutionary progression is an indisputable occurrence. No more is that clearer than with Apple's software offerings where, just like with Darwin's finches, we can watch evolution happening - application suites changing with the times to fit the needs of the current climate.
Metaphors aside, the fact remains: Apple churns out software revisions with alarming alacrity and one can't help but wonder just how different iWork '09 and iLife '09 can be to their predecessors and what can be added to make splashing out some £70 on a new version worthwhile.
It turned out that latest revision of iWork was a decent enough bit of software and a worthy opponent to Microsoft Office but, when all's said and done, we all know no-one buys a Mac for such serious purposes as making spreadsheets, or preparing deaths-by-slideshow. No, the real reason anyone buys a Mac is, I'm reliably told, to pose around looking 'cool' in Starbucks - or the rubbish watered-down coffee distributor of your choice. And while posing in that fashion, iLife is a pretty good way to occupy some time - let's take a look at why.