iWork for iPad announced

Apple has announced the new version of their iWork suite at today's media event, along with the launch of the tablet, named the iPad. Rumors predicted that today we'd see an update to iLife, not iWork, though Apple have certainly made sure it works well on the new device.

There are no announcements regarding the OS X version of iWork, though Apple showed off a lot of how the new version works. Everything has been rewritten and redefined for the new resolution and interface, working much like it would on an iPhone, although, of course, you won't be able to purchase iWork for your iPhone. Typing is done either via an on-screen keyboard or with the keyboard dock from Apple, though the touch interface is very intuitive when it comes to other aspects of the software. It's much easier to describe it in pictures, so we've included a gallery, with photos courtesy of Engadget.

The new software is available upon the launch of the iPad, in two months, for the price of $10 an app on the iPad. There are three apps, so for the full suite, it'll set you back $30. If you'd like to get your hands on this, you'll have to wait it out until the launch of the device.

Image Credits: Engadget

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If you want an interesting insight into the whole iPad thing, take a look here:

http://speirs.org/blog/2010/1/29/future-shock.html

Certainly food for thought!

DrScouse said,
and which pocket are you meant to carry that in when you are out and about???

The same "pocket" that people with e-book readers and netbooks use...

You carry it in a friggin bag. Jeez.

Mikeyx11 said,

The same "pocket" that people with e-book readers and netbooks use...

You carry it in a friggin bag. Jeez.

Netbooks will actually fit in a large coat pocket or inside jacket pocket. Sad that that Apple screen ratio makes it so freaking wide over netbooks. (Especially since you will have black bars when watching a video like it is a pre-digital age 4:3 TV.)

I really don't understand why they would not have at least done DVD or HD aspect ratio like netbooks do.

$10/app ... for what? I had to take a very close look at the "text editor" screenshot and make sure there weren't any menus or buttons I was not seeing. That software should come standard with all editions of that device for it to sell in my opinion. I'm not the biggest Apple fan but you have to give them credit where it's due... However that iPad thing doesn't look all that revolutionary to me... nothing more than an over-sized iPod really...?

They should've invested their efforts in making the iPhone more enterprise friendly. This software looks better suited for the iPhone than for a Tablet PC especially as basic as that.

it would be good if office for mac or office mobile can run on it. iPhone OS seems lag behind the hardware, it still doesn't support multitasking.

LacusMD said,
It's great for school. I could read pdfs, check my mail and my exams.

Your phone/notebook/netbook/ebook reader can't already do that?

Fail. Firstly it's essentially a giant iPod touch and secondly look at that wasted space around the borders! seriously what were they thinking?

Xerxes said,
Fail. Firstly it's essentially a giant iPod touch and secondly look at that wasted space around the borders! seriously what were they thinking?

Ya, I think that having a borderless screen would look best, but at 1.5 pounds, I think that having the bevel gives some space to grab on without having to worry about accidentally touch the screen.

DrJens said,
I'm getting one of those. Looks great for ebooks.

So do proper e-book readers that are easier on the eyes, cheaper and have much better battery life.

Mikeyx11 said,

So do proper e-book readers that are easier on the eyes, cheaper and have much better battery life.

I'll second that. There's no chance I'd give up on the Sony eReader for this.

AltecXP said,
If i already have iWork I'd expect it free or at a discount if i want it on my iPad.

This is apple we are talking about here...

evo_spook said,

does MS give Word out for free?

Would Microsoft be dumb enough to release something that is basically a bigger version of an already existing product, and then bundle one of the things that could actually make it useful as an expensive addon? If Apple want to sell a lot of iPads, they will have to either throw in iWork for free, or make it pretty cheap.

Frank Fontaine said,

Would Microsoft be dumb enough to release something that is basically a bigger version of an already existing product, and then bundle one of the things that could actually make it useful as an expensive addon? If Apple want to sell a lot of iPads, they will have to either throw in iWork for free, or make it pretty cheap.

$30 for the iWork suite already seems pretty discounted to me.

evo_spook said,

does MS give Word out for free?

um Office 2010 will have a web edition which will have an ad based version apparently, so yes they do in a way

WOW! So much negativity to something so convenient, to all who rant about a new device should just stay away from the true innovators of Technology and sleek design.

Sillysam said,
WOW! So much negativity to something so convenient, to all who rant about a new device should just stay away from the true innovators of Technology and sleek design.

There's nothing innovative about a big ipod...

Sillysam said,
WOW! So much negativity to something so convenient, to all who rant about a new device should just stay away from the true innovators of Technology and sleek design.

Yea, sure dude /s

Free or discounted pricing would have probably helped adoption of the device. Personally, I don't have a need for a device like this and my old clunker laptop works just fine for email/browsing from the couch. I understand some might and having these apps installed as part of the device might help lure them to this over a lower priced NetBook.