Word processing on iPhone?

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  1. princealfie macrumors 68030

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    Will the iPhone have a word processor so that I can type up documents on the go?
     
  2. clevin macrumors G3

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    i would expect so, after all, most PDAs and smartphones have it, iPhone should too, just not sure if it will be sold separatly(if developed by 3rd party).
     
  3. princealfie thread starter macrumors 68030

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    But I thought that iPhone wouldn't have 3rd party apps?
     
  4. clevin macrumors G3

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    eventually, it MUST have 3rd party apps.

    Oh, If you were asking if Apple will make word processor for iPhone itself and distribute it for free with iPhone? I hope so, but i am afraid it won't have it when it comes out in June.
     
  5. Epicurus macrumors 6502

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    The iPhone screens Apple has already shown have a Notes icon/app shown. I would assume this is a TextEdit derivative (at least I would hope it is). As far as word processing on the go, this is about all I would really need. I do get Word documents here and there, but I wouldn't really need to edit them on the move so much as just reading them (and TextEdit does that well enough for simple documents). If you're hoping for a mobile version of MS Word or Pages, I wouldn't bet on it. At least not for the first model of the iPhone...
     
  6. aricher macrumors 68020

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    I would love to be able to use a Bluetooth keyboard with the iPhone. My wife uses and external keyboard with her Palm*all the time - very nice.
     
  7. princealfie thread starter macrumors 68030

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    So I could write up my next book on the iPhone I guess? :confused:
     
  8. boss1 macrumors 6502a

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    If Apple doesn't have a full fledged MS document compatibility there may be some light at the end of the tunnel here yet:


    If the notepad app on the iPhone is anything like the TextEdit app on Mac OS X, that would just be grand.

    if you open up TextEdit, go to file, choose open, and find a MS word doc, you'll notice it opens ;)
     
  9. zap2 macrumors 604

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    iWork '07

    Now with Pages, Keynote and Numbers for OS X and Mac OS X Mobile
     
  10. GFLPraxis macrumors 604

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    Yes it will, they will just be controlled by Apple.
     
  11. buymeaniphone macrumors 6502

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    dont forget about Google Docs and Spreadsheets, you can edit and view Word docs and Excell docs and also save them online to view them from any computer.
     
  12. odaiwai macrumors member

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    But those external keyboards suck. They bend in the middle, you have to make sure they have batteries, you need to balance your palm on your leg or lean it against your coffee. If you're going to have an external keyboard, you might as well have a 12" laptop. (That said, the Dopods and Oqo's get close to solving that issue.)

    The fundamental problem with handhelds is input. It's slow and awkward to input text to them. You have to either write it, or select keys from a display, which is seriously slower than using a keyboard.

    Look at Steve during the keynote and he's slow on the text. Fine for SMS, but it sucks for Mobile Pages or email.

    There was one solution to the whole issue of portable typing called the microwriter: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microwriter which allowed almost full typing speeds for mobile input, but you had to learn a whole new way of typing.

    Dasher (http://www.inference.phy.cam.ac.uk/dasher/) looks good too, but takes up space on the screen.

    I've had palms for ten years and I can only input at a fraction of my typing speed. It is far quicker to type into my Mac or PC and then sync the palm. I have a palm T|X with 2GB+ of storage. Why is it such a pain to write a report or even a letter on it? It's a 300Mhz processor, far faster and more powerful than the 1Mhz BBC micros and Apple ][s I used to write reports on way back when. Why is it harder to write text on this than the Apple ][ I had in 1980?

    Whoever solves the problem of high speed mobile text input will win the PDA game. The future is a pocket sized device that allows you to type at full speed with one hand. The company that brings that to market has won.

    When I can stand up on the bus or train and one-handedly write text at my normal typing speed, the input game is won. I hope it's Apple, with multi-touch. It won't be Palm, as they've given up. Microsoft don't innovate, so it won't be them. It may be someone new.

    I hope it happens soon.

    Before the jet-packs and flying cars.
     
  13. Counterfit macrumors G3

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    I think Inkwell would have been perfect for it. Aren't there styluses that mimic the capacitance of human fingers?
     
  14. Cult Follower macrumors 6502a

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    I hope so, it would be a great selling point.
     

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