Apple to release iPad specific version of iWork

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

iwork_ipadApple today announced their new iPad device, and along with that a new version of iWork for the iPad. Each app will sell for $9.99 in the App store. They will be able to import current iWork or Office documents and export to iWork or PDF formats to get back onto your Mac.

What’s unclear at this point is wether or not you can use the iPad to present to something larger than its built in screen. The iPad tech specs page DOES list a new VGA adapter (Support for 1024 x 768 with Dock Connector to VGA adapter; 576p and 480p with Apple Component A/V Cable, 576i and 480i with Apple Composite Cable) so it’s likely that you’ll at least be able to present (downscaled of course) to 640×480 (not sure how we completely ignored the 1024×768 output spec right there in the description).

We’re wondering if this is why Apple hasn’t given the iPhone or iPod touch the ability to read and honor the timing sprite track in movies exported from the Mac version of Keynote (we may never know).

One great thing though, is that with the 1024×768 screen and a native copy of Keynote running on the iPad, elevator or other one on one pitches are in a whole new realm. Thankfully, pretty much every theme out there is currently available in a 1024×768 format, so we won’t have to reinvent the wheel when it comes to 3rd party themes (though no instruction has been give on how to install them).

We’ll keep you posted as details emerge regarding these apps running on the iPad. For now, here’s a link to Apple’s details on the Apple site.