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Apple introduced iPhone and iPod touch versions of its iWork productivity suite on Tuesday. Pages, Keynote and Numbers will all be available as individual apps for $9.99, or as free universal updates for existing owners of the iPad versions of the apps.

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Apple introduced iPhone and iPod touch versions of its iWork productivity suite on Tuesday. Pages, Keynote and Numbers will all be available as individual apps for $9.99, or as free universal updates for existing owners of the iPad versions of the apps.

The productivity suite had been rumored to be arriving on the iPhone and iPod touch since last June, when Apple posted some iPhone 4 screenshots that gave away an “Open in ‘Keynote'” function. The redesigned iWork apps arrive just one week before WWDC 2011, where Apple has announced it will reveal details about iCloud, iOS 5 and Mac OS X Lion.

The iWork apps all now include thumbnail images of documents for easy file browsing. Keynote includes a full-screen presentation mode for showing off a slideshow on the iPhone 4’s Retina Display, and it works with the Keynote Remote app if you have a second iOS device. Pages has a Smart Zoom feature that automatically follows your cursor as you edit, and Numbers also employs this feature to make editing spreadsheets on the small screen easier.

The redesigned iWork apps work on iPad and iPad 2, iPhone 3GS and 4, and 3rd- and 4th-gen iPod touch models. We’ll be sure to give them a run-through and let you know how they compare to their large-screen siblings soon.

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  1. I want to make sure I’m understanding this correctly; if I purchase for Iphone, can I install for free on Ipad and visa versa?

    1. Marc,

      That is correct. They are universal apps. Buy them once on your iPhone and they will download and install for free on your iPad. I bought them ages ago on the iPad, and today just download them for free on my iPhone.

  2. Is the upgrade only free if you buy them all?

    1. Each app is sold separately, so it’s free for any of the apps you buy. For example, if the only app you bought was Pages for the iPad, then today you’d be able to download Pages for free on your iPhone.

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