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.