The Verge has reported that Microsoft is planning on releasing OneNote for the Mac. While Evernote is certainly a target, I think there’s more to the story than that.
There are also rumors of iOS 8 containing a note-taking application. How this app differs from the built-in iOS Notes app is not clear, but it may have a lot to do with this acquisition by Apple:
Catch is pointed out to be an Evernote competitor, but the article above notes that Catch had an enterprise component that even Apple employees used.*
With updates to iWork coming over the next couple of years–and the iWork apps sharing the same functionality across iOS and OS X–I think it’s pretty clear that Catch will be turned into more of a OneNote competitor than an Evernote competitor (or, of course, a competitor to both).
With rumors of an iPad Pro (or an ARM-based MacBook Air) coming in 2015, this gives Apple a complete enterprise hardware and software solution for competing with PCs running Office. And with iOS, OS X, and iWork all being free, it’s potentially a cheaper solution for enterprises.
*–Catch may have been turned into the TextEdit app mentioned at 9to5Mac: http://9to5mac.com/2014/03/13/ios-8-apple-works-to-further-push-icloud-as-the-future-of-the-ios-file-system/ . Otherwise, I’m not convinced that 9to5Mac has the real purpose of TextEdit on iOS correct: I mean, why have an app the only purpose of which is to read text files in the cloud?–Especially when it’s clear that apps shared across iOS and OS X will all share the same functionality and be written by the same teams at Apple? (http://9to5mac.com/2014/03/13/ios-8-apple-works-to-further-push-icloud-as-the-future-of-the-ios-file-system/) Something’s missing in that story.