5 Replies Latest reply: Mar 8, 2013 9:39 PM by Barry
Norm Rowe Level 1 (15 points)

I have iWork on my iPad 3 and I would like to use it on my new Mac Pro with Mt Lion. Is there a way wuth out having to pay for it again? I have some things in Pages that I really would like to finish. I know it says iWork 9.0.4 but I would like to go as far as I can.


Mac Pro, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • Allan Eckert Level 9 (50,709 points)

    No. The iWorks on your iPad is written for iOS. In order to work on your Mac Pro it must be written to run under OS X. So you must buy the OS X version for you Mac Pro.



  • stedman1 Level 9 (69,739 points)

    The iPad Apps will not be compatible with the Mac. You will need to purchase the Mac version separately.

  • Norm Rowe Level 1 (15 points)

    Well isn't that convenent for Apple and what a money maker for them. Guess I'll stick with MS Word.

    God I have been with Apple since 1990 when I bought a used Lisa from My late uncle Lloyd. I have had problems with programs not being able to run the latest upgrades and updates because of the PPC chip and I thought with my bithday preant from my wife of a new Mac Pro I would finally   able to put an and end to this problem. No Way!! And my 3 hard drives in the G4 are not compatible with the Mac Pro. The Fire Wire 800 transfer does not work so all my files are lost. Oh Well?



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  • Allan Eckert Level 9 (50,709 points)

    FW400 is compatable with FW800 if you use the correct cable or adapter. So at least that complaint can be solved.



  • Barry Level 7 (29,976 points)

    I don't see the incompatibility as unusual. You can't run an Android based app on a Windows or Linux or Apple computer. Apple II software won't run on any Mac, nor for that matter will Mac OS 9 and earlier software (or OS X software written for the PPC processors) run on a current Mac (or iPad, or windows computer, etc.)


    Different processors have different requirements. They also have different strengths, which is why you don't find the same processor in a Mac Pro as in an iPhone, etc. It might be possible to replace the processor and rewire your Mac Pro to accept and run iOS and iOS software, but I don't think you'd be happy with the results.


    OTOH, Apple could supply (and charge for) both the iOS and OS X versions of current software in the same package. Then the complaints would come from the people who had an iPad, but not a Mac (or vice versa), and had no use for a second version of the software.