Apple iWork hits iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch

Apple has released versions of its iWorks suite of productivity Apps which work on the iPhone and iPod Touch.

iWorks for iPad has been about for a while now and anyone who has been using the Microsoft Office-compatible apps on the tablet device will get a free upgrade to the new versions.

The suite consists of three separate apps which are roughly analogous to Microsoft's Office mainstays. Pages handles the word processing and document design duties carried out by Word, Numbers fills in for Excel's database and spreadsheet shenanigans, and Keynote steps up to the podium to give Powerpoint-like presentations.

Each app costs £5.99, which may at first seem like a bargain - but if you want all three, and intend to use the same files on your grown-up Mac, your investment will soon grow.

Getting all three apps for both platforms will cost you the princely sum of £54 give or take a penny or six, and there's no way to buy the whole shebang in one go at a discount. That's still around half of what you'll pay for Microsoft's Office for Mac - which won't even consider working on your iDevices - but we can't help thinking the price may put some punters off.

Apple says the iWork apps are all fully compatible with Microsoft Office document formats - a bold claim on which we'll reserve judgement until we have completed full testing.

Probably the handiest bit of the whole package, however, is the ability to hook one of Apple's iDevices up to a large screen TV or projector (using the relevant overpriced Apple cable, of course) and use a second to control Keynote presentations using a separate 59p app.

Having a viable mobile alternative to Microsoft Office's virtual monopoly is an intriguing proposition, especially at close to half the price, but it will take more than Apple's design brilliance and a few tricksy multi-touch gestures to unseat the Redmond giant from its lofty perch.

We'll be conducting full reviews of the software at a later date and will let you know then if Pages, Keynote and Numbers come up to scratch.