Yesterday, Apple announced the availability of the iWork suite for iPhone and iPod touch. iWork consists of Apple's productivity software, Keynote, Pages and Numbers. All were originally desktop applications that made their way to the iPad.
The question is: Does this work for you?
The Plus Side
We're not crazy enough to take our iPad or MacBook EVERYWHERE we go. That would just be silly. Our iPhone, on the other hand, that has to go with us 99.9 percent of the time. If you use public transportation, this can be useful. If you have to type something on on your way to work while riding the bus or the the train, just type something up on your iPhone. It takes up far less space than the iPad or a laptop and is much less of a hassle to use than a laptop for short durations. We've heard reports that iCloud may actually make it possible to easily transfer your work back and forth between devices. For instance, work on a Keynote presentation on your iPhone in a moment of inspiration, then save it on the cloud so that it's ready for you to open and continue working on when you get to the office. This would be very cool if true.
The Down Side
We don't see this being a big productivity enhancer. It seems like more the kind of thing you'd use here and there when you need it. We could be wrong, we haven't hit that situation yet. Still, we imagine that the intent is for those short periods of time. Many of us know that typing on an iPhone or iPod touch can be a little tricky. Especially for those with fat fingers. There is always the Bluetooth keyboard solution. Then again, at that point, you may as well whip out your laptop or iPad (unless you don't have either of those around).
Is Apple Slowly Merging Their Devices?
Steve Jobs is definitely a smart dude. Still, we don't think he saw any of this coming when he decided Apple should get into the music distribution business. Heck, we sure didn't. Still, Apple's music business has slowly evolved over time. The iPod became a phone, the phone became a tablet (though Jobs once said that the tablet idea came first, and was held off to create a phone) and now it seems like they are trying to merge the experiences. Even Apple TV, which Jobs has always just called a "hobby" is being brought closer to the iDevices and the Mac. Apple TV is by no means as successful as the other stuff Apple sells, but it makes a nice set top box that even Mom and Dad can use without much effort.
Readers, what do you think of bringing productivity tools to the iPhone and iPod touch? Will it work out for you?
Keynote – $9.99
Pages – $9.99
Numbers – $9.99