updated 11:26 am EDT, Wed October 23, 2013
Could impact number of developers
The AppleScript dictionary included with the latest version of the iWork suite has been so stripped down as to be virtually absent, a developer observes. AppleScript lets both developers and individuals automate actions that would otherwise require many repetitive steps. "What I suspect Apple doesn't realize is how much small business and small shops workflow depends upon AppleScript," comments the developer, Clark Goble. "Casual use is fine. But a lot of people do more. It wouldn't be so bad were there an alternative."
Why Apple would strip previously-existing AppleScript hooks is unknown. The company may have felt the code wasn't worth the time and resources, or simply not been able to meet deadlines for an October 22nd release. In the latter case, full AppleScript support could theoretically be restored in a later update.