There’s something coming that all the iPhone rumor-ers have missed – and it’s far simpler than anything you’ve imagined…
iPhone users will be able to purchase iWork as an app directly from the iPhone’s app store.
You’ll have an entirely functional iWork suite right on the homepage of your iPhone: Pages, Keynote, and Numbers.
June 9th’s WWDC’s iPhone segment has the following goals:
- iPhone 2.0 OS
- App Store
- initial apps
The latter is what we’ll be discussing.
What app would make more sense for Apple to announce at the WWDC than they’re own “homemade” product – iWork?
It is undoubtable that Apple will offer Pages, Numbers, and Keynote for sale (whether they will be sold seperately or as a suite is mystery) directly from the app store.
Microsoft is already gearing up to profit on the iPhone. Tom Gibbons, VP of Microsoft’s Specialized Devices and Applications Group (notice the word applications) said “It’s really important for us to understand what we can bring to the iPhone.” There’s nothing to understand – Microsoft would bring Microsoft Office Mobile to the iPhone.
[read more from Fortune Magazine: http://bigtech.blogs.fortune.cnn.com/2008/03/25/microsoft-looks-to-cash-in-on-the-iphone/]
Which is exactly why Apple will be looking to announce iWork Mobile as soon as the App Store is announced at the WWDC – it will be the ultimate commercial.
Furthermore, given the indications of the iWork Framework in the latest iPhone firmware, it would only logically follow that the iPhone 2.0′s iWork is going to have an easy conversion capability to and from .doc/.ppt/.xls, and not to mention a one-click option to open email attachments directly with your iPhone’s Pages, Keynote, or Numbers application for editing purposes.
So if you’re planning to write lots of essays from your iPhone – you better save up and get the 16 GB.
UPDATE: The latest firmware will support all types of iWork and MS Office Documents (coming out in July 2008). At this point it does not have an editing function but we believe it is on its way.