For a long time Apple has offered a $30 rebate for both iWork and MobileMe when paired with a computer hardware purchase. For iWork the $30 discount was offered either preinstalled on built-to-order Macs, or as a rebate if purchased some other way. Much the same goes for MobileMe. A $30 discount was offered for customers buying a Mac. Recently however, Apple pulled the retail boxes for MobileMe, but the rebate program, quietly continued.
Long story short, both of those rebate programs have been discontinued (via 9to5Mac) by Apple, and the company has told it’s retail partners to scrub their promotional material of such a rebate offer. This all of course leads up to a semi-long running rumors, that Apple is planning to introduce new versions of both MobileMe and iWork.
MobileMe has been expected to see an overhaul for some time. An overhaul that might include cloud storage for customers’ iTunes content, cloud streaming of said content, and social media-type features. This refresh has been rumored for some time, and is expected to be released in the near future.
As for iWork, it didn’t see a refresh that some of the iLife applications late last year. In fact, it hasn’t been updated since January of 2009. Many rumors had been circulating around iWork last January claiming that an update would accompany the launch of the Mac App Store. That of course, didn’t happen. No speculation has been made in regards to what new features or applications could be expected in such an iWork update, nor when the update is coming.