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Leaked screenshots back iWork for iPhone

updated 10:55 am EDT, Tue June 29, 2010

Apps already in beta?

Apple is indeed working on an iPhone version of the iWork suite, a pair of screenshots suggest. Both depict Pages running on an iPod touch; the first shows an option to export a file as either a Pages or a Word document, while the second shows a simple document browser. The app is described as in beta testing, though how close to release an iWork update might be is not known.

At present Apple has two versions of the suite: the original Mac software, and a version for the iPad, which has sold consistently well at the App Store. An iPhone version has been hinted at since earlier this month and been referenced multiple times by Apple, if accidentally. The company may now be interested in putting out an iPhone edition because of the power of the iPhone 4, which is not only faster than earlier hardware but has a higher-resolution display better suited to work documents. If screenshots are accurate though, it should also run on some older Apple handhelds.

by MacNN Staff



  1. bobolicious

    Joined: Dec 1969


    More seeding the platform?

    I can't imagine working at that size!

  1. Inkling

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Productivity version of the iPod touch?

    Does this mention of an iPod touch mean that Apple will create several versions of the iPod touch, with one intended as a productivity (Palm-like) device for those who need a pocket-office-on-the-go but don't want to endure AT&T high charges and poor coverage? Will they create an iPod touch version with a decent camera, a built-in mike and GPS? In short, will they quit trying to increase iPhone sales by gutting the iPod touch?

    Let's hope so. Right now, Apple is making the same mistake Henry Ford made when, seduced by high sales, he sold only one version of his Model T. He got left in the dust by GM, whose cars might not have been as reliable or as easy to use (fix), but who gave users the options they wanted.

  1. Darchmare

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Thing is, Apple needs to be wary about product segmentation, lest they make the mistakes of... Apple.

    Look back at Apple of the mid-90's - specifically, their product line. A mish-mash of overlapping product lines, confusing consumers and even people within Apple itself. One of the first things Steve Jobs did upon his return was create a 'grid' of distinct product niches to target and cut everything else. This improved the supply chain, cut manufacturing costs and made it far easier to sell products to consumers.

    Since then, Apple has actually relaxed this quite a bit, targeting more finely grained markets and has done pretty well with that (being a larger company with a few major cash cows helps, for sure). But don't think for a moment that their messy product lineup of years past - which nearly killed them - isn't foremost on their minds.

    I empathize with you on the iPod Touch (it really needs a camera, IMHO), though really I can understand Apple's reasoning. They make much more on iPhones (once you factor in their contract cut), and while the Touch certainly strengthens the iOS platform it doesn't make much _business_ sense to give people reasons to forego the iPhone.

  1. dimmer

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Apple won't do the multiple iPod Touch thing, as the iPad (WiFi) is really most of what you are asking for, and if iWork works OK on iPhone, there's no reason to think it wouldn't on a 'touch.

    In turn:
    iPod touch: if you want music, video, apps and WiFi in a tiny form factor
    iPad WiFi: if you want all of the above, with more "business" type functions (e.g. usable keyboard) in a larger form factor
    iPhone: if you want to add telephony to what you wanted with the iPod touch
    iPad WiFi 3G: if you want to add cellular based communications.

    The 'touch will undoubtedly get a camera at some point, and consume the iPod Classic as memory gets cheaper. The line-up, to me, seems pretty straightforward.

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