Apple rolls out iWork apps for iPhone, iPod Touch

Pages, Keynote, and Numbers had been available only for the iPad, but they now work on any iOS mobile device

More than a year after Apple released the iPad versions of its iWork productivity suite, the company has finally announced an update that brings Pages, Numbers, and Keynote to the iPhone and iPod Touch. Now you can finally crunch numbers, prep your presentations, and update your reports no matter where you go.

The iPhone versions of the apps sport most of the same capabilities as their iPad counterparts, including the ability to view and edit documents from iWork for Mac or Microsoft Office, as well as exporting back to those programs. They also support iOS's AirPrint wireless printing feature and include Apple-designed themes and templates. Apple also says that you can connect your iPhone or an iPod Touch to an HDTV or projector to display your Keynote presentations, as you can with an iPad.

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To ease working with the smaller screens, the iPhone/iPod Touch versions of Pages and Numbers add the Smart Zoom feature to automatically follow the cursor while you're editing text or data, then zoom back out to give you an overview when you're done. Of course, all three apps support Apple's high-resolution Retina displays. There also appear to be a few other changes in this update, chiefly improved document management features, which let you quickly find files or group them into folders. In addition, Pages lets you now change font style and size directly from the ruler when you're editing text.

The good news for owners of the iPad versions is that all of the iWork apps are universal, so if you also own an iPhone or iPod Touch, you can download the apps to those devices for free. Those users downloading iWork for the first time can purchase each app individually for $10. The iWork apps require an iPad, iPad 2, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, or third- or fourth-generation iPod Touch.

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