For a company renowned for keeping things under its hat, yesterday was something of an anomaly for Apple. Not only did it tell us about iCloud and iOS 5 announcements coming next week, it also announced that iWork apps are now available on the iPhone and iPod touch.
The iWork apps (Keynote, Numbers and Pages) were made available on the iPad last year and Apple has now made them available on the smaller form factors. The apps have been available since the launch of the iPad and this certainly made a lot of sense considering Apple touts its tablet as a full productivity device. Porting the apps to the 3.5in displays of the iPhone and iPod touch however wasn’t a priority – until now that is. Apple redesigned the apps for multi-touch interfaces and iOS and they allow users to create documents, presentations and spreadsheets on the move. Keynote, Pages and Numbers will allow you to import documents from iWork for Mac or Microsoft Office and print wirelessly via AirPrint.
The apps will cost £5.99 each from the App Store, though if you already own the iPad versions they will be available as a free update. The apps will only work with iPhone 3GS and 4 as well as the third and fourth-generation iPod touch. “Now you can use Keynote, Pages and Numbers on iPhone and iPod touch to create amazing presentations, documents and spreadsheets right in the palm of your hand,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “The incredible Retina display, revolutionary Multi-Touch interface and our powerful software make it easy to create, edit, organise and share all of your documents from iPhone 4 or iPod touch.”
While the amount of work you will be able to get done on these smaller screens could be minimal, we can see the benefits of having the apps available on all platforms to, for example, view documents on your iPhone 4 which you previously created on an iPad.