A series of leaked screenshots depict what appears to be a version of Apple’s iWork productivity suite for the iPhone. The 9 to 5 Mac blog received a dozen screenshots of the alleged Pages app for iPhone and iPod touch devices from an unnamed source, but there are several clues they could be fake.
iWork is Apple’s response to Microsoft’s Office suite, and the company introduced in April a $10 mobile version of iWork exclusively for the iPad. iWork brings together three separate apps: Pages for word processing, Numbers for spreadsheets, and Keynote for presentations.
Rumors of an iPhone version of iWork first appeared in early June, when an Apple iOS4 support document showed a screenshot with an “open in Keynote” menu option, part of the Mail app’s capability to open documents with external applications. The screenshot was later removed.
A couple of fuzzy screenshots resurfaced a few weeks later, but in the typical blurry-leaked photos style (can’t leakers get a better camera?) they were dismissed.
Now, we have new screenshots from 9 to 5 Mac fueling the speculation that iWork for iPhone will soon be available from the App Store. The site claims that iWork for iPhone will come with the Pages and Numbers apps as universal binaries for all iOS devices. This could make sense, as Apple is already delivering iBooks as a single universal app for the iPhone and iPad.
If true, universal iWork apps for the iPhone will mean that if you already purchased the apps for your iPad, you won’t have to pay again for the iPhone version.
Real Screenshots? Not So Fast
But small flaws in the screenshots posted by 9 to 5 Mac make them unconvincing candidates to be real depictions of the iWork suite for iPhone.
There are some inconsistencies in the design of the Pages app, as several commentators point in 9 to 5 Mac’s gallery. Some of the icons are not properly aligned, and fonts in the templates depicted do not match the iPad version.
In the screenshots, the same “Cancel” button is depicted in two different colors throughout the gallery, another sign that the images could be fake. There are also some inconsistencies in the wording in the screenshots, something that Apple, with its attention to detail, would be unlikely to let through.
Would you use the iWork suite on your iPhone to create and edit documents, or is the plain viewer app built in iOS 4 enough for you? Sound off in the comments.