Earlier today, in a rather surprising move, Apple released the iWork suite for the iPhone and iPod touch. It certainly wasn’t an expected announcement from the folks at Cupertino, especially considering the fact that the upcoming WWDC 2011 is set to be focused on upcoming software such as iOS 5 and Mac OS X Lion. Nevertheless, the iWork suite consisting of the Pages, Keynote, and Numbers apps are now available on the iPhone and iPod touch for $9.99 each. iWork originally made its iOS debut on the iPad last January; those that purchased any of the three iWork apps for iPad can download the new iPhone and iPod touch counterpart for free from the App Store. Here’s a rundown of what you can expect from each app:
I would still recommend using a Mac if you’re going to be creating a full-fledged presentation, but this mobile version of Keynote does pack some punch. It’s really easy to make a presentation with the drag-and-drop interface that the multi-touch screen delivers. You begin by naming your presentation and choosing from a variety of different backgrounds to use for your slides. There are your basic controls for adding text boxes, images from your device’s camera roll, tables, charts, and shapes. At this time, there is no way to import video into Keynote.
A closer look at Pages and Numbers as well as several screenshots can be found after the break!
You can adjust text properties such as color, size, font choice, and borders. There are visual guides that can be enabled to help you locate the center and edges of the slide. Furthermore, you can add a 10% grid across the entire slide to improve your accuracy in placing objects onto the slide. In the settings, there is the ability to add both transitions, referred to as animations, and presenter notes. When you’re finished with your slideshow, it can be played on your device itself or can be imported to iTunes, shared via iWork.com, copied to iDisk or WebDAV, or printed. One of the only downsides to Keynote is its performance on the iPod touch 4G, which seems to be lacking. You’ll notice some minor lag occasionally, which some people might find aggravating.
There’s a lot of word processors in the App Store, but Apple’s created some good competition with Pages. With this app, you can type documents such as letters, resumes, term papers, project proposals, party invites, thank you cards, recipes, and flyers. Quite a few of those aforementioned documents would be quite tedious to be typing up if you were using just the on-screen keyboard, so I would highly recommend looking into a Bluetooth keyboard. You might want to check out some keyboards that we have reviewed here on iFans, such as the ZAGGmate, Verbatim Bluetooth Keyboard, and Sena’s Keyboard Folio. Regardless of what keyboard you are using, this is probably a better app for editing preexisting documents rather than typing them from scratch on the iPhone or iPod touch itself.
There are text properties that allow you to change the font such as boldface, italics, underline, and strikeout. Furthermore, you can change the text’s color, size, and font choice. Other features include embedding media into your documents, adjusting the headers and footers, selecting the paper size, and inserting tables and charts. There’s a handy ruler that can be enabled to help you adjust the document’s margins. When you are finished, you can seamlessly share your documents via email, iTunes, iWork.com, iDisk, and WebDAV.
Numbers is another application that shouldn’t replace its Mac counterpart, but is certainly great for crunching numbers on-the-go. Not only does Numbers have your standard spreadsheets, which are fully functional, but it can also create custom checklists, attendance lists, travel planners, fitness logs, mortgage calculators, and more. There are basic text features that allow you to boldface, italicize, underline, or strikeout text. You can also change the font and its size, add shapes, or images from your device’s camera roll. I would highly recommend using a Bluetooth keyboard along with this app because the on-screen keyboard won’t keep up with the speed that most accountants and other businesspeople work at on a desktop. You can send your spreadsheets to iTunes in addition to emailing, printing, or sharing them. Numbers didn’t have any performance issues for me on my latest-generation iPod touch.
Complete iWork for iOS Gallery