iWork for iPhone spotted on Apple site

Although Apple is quite well known for its secrecy regarding product launches, eagle-eyed writers over at MacRumors have discovered a second reference that points to iWork coming to iPhone.

The first was originally reported by Pocket-Lint at the beginning of this month. Apple posted a screenshot of iPhone 4 with an "Open in Keynote" option. The image has since been changed to something about iBooks instead.

The new iWork mention, however, is still live on the international versions of Apple's webpage, including Canada, UK and Australia. This screenshot was taken today:

As you can see by shopping for an unlocked iPhone and "Learning More" about AppleCare, under "Software support included", iWork for iPhone is distinctly mentioned. This pretty much confirms existence of the app suite. There is no indication of when the software is due for release, but it does potentially mark an interesting change to Apple's marketing strategy. Two mentions in one month is no longer an accident, but rather an exercise in excitement building. iWork has already been developed for iPad, so an iPhone version is obviously not impossible. Due to the iPhone's screen size, a stripped down viewing version of the software may be in order as the small size of screen would make editing incredibly difficult.

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unless its free......then why? iWork on the Mac ok for some...I guess, but MS Office is way better, especially on Windows. iWork on a iPhone is iUseless.

I dont get the desire of some to take something like word processing and try to do it on the smallest possible screen and the worst possible input method.

yeah good addition.. iWork on the iPhone and MS Office on the Windows Phone.. Superb!..

Microsoft owns this really! hehe - my poor iphone

bmaher said,
I hope it is coming to the iPhone - it's a brilliant set of apps on the iPad (allbeit missing MobileMe support!)

Yeah, I'd love to publish documents to iWork.com or store them on my iDisk.

I wouldn't see why not, isn't this available for the iPad as well? I'm wonder if it would only be available for the current generations of iDevices...

SaltLife said,
I wouldn't see why not, isn't this available for the iPad as well? I'm wonder if it would only be available for the current generations of iDevices...
It's good that it is there for the iPad because that means the code is there and they only need to change the presentation layer.

However, "only" changing the presentation is probably quite an undertaking when going from a 9.7" screen to a smartphone screen.

pickypg said,
It's good that it is there for the iPad because that means the code is there and they only need to change the presentation layer.

However, "only" changing the presentation is probably quite an undertaking when going from a 9.7" screen to a smartphone screen.

That's where MVC principles come into place and Apples development tools are designed around this