Apple releases iWork for iOS betas for developers, includes iCloud support

Documents in the Cloud

Apple has released new iCloud-enabled betas for their iWork apps -- Keynote, Pages, and Numbers to developers. The betas, available exclusively through Apple's iOS developer portal, are universal apps for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, and no additional features other than iCloud support appear to have been added.

Documents in the Cloud was one of the key iCloud features announced by Steve Jobs at WWDC and the iWork for iOS beta apps are the first test implementation of that feature.

The beta apps come in a DMG file and need to be extracted, dragged to iTunes 10.5 beta 4, and then synced over to an iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad running iOS 5 beta 4. (And yes, it's somewhat ironic the first iCloud enabled versions of iWork can't be installed OTA over iCloud, but this is a beta, right?)

Note: It looks like some people aren't having luck syncing the iWork apps over, or wait for them to sync only to watch them disappear immediately after syncing. We're not sure what's causing that, and what's allowing for successful syncs, but let us know how you fair in the comments.

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Apple releases iWork for iOS betas for developers, includes iCloud support


In order to get the apps to sync you have to install the team provisioning profile on your device through Xcode.

Trying to install as we speak and apps are failing to sync. What is the process in steps in order to get this to work?

Question (not a developer). Will have iWork as web apps, much like Google Docs, that will run from any computer you're at (cough,windows, cough)?

Yes. If you look at the screenshots, you'll see there's a separate web app for iWorks. This may actually influence me to switch to iWorks.

Does Documents in the Cloud support .doc, .ppt, .xls and other microsoft formats?
I know that the iWork apps support it, but will these files be stored in the cloud as well?

I have no idea how to install iworks beta for ios on my ios 5 device..any tips (i have windows)

  1. Download the iPhone Configuration Utility and install.
  2. Mount the previously downloaded iWork beta dmg. (dev account required)
  3. Select the Keynote app and control click/show package contents.
  4. Locate the "embedded.mobileprovision" file and drag it to iPhone Configuration Utility.
  5. Select your device in the Devices section, click the Provisioning Profiles tab and click the install button.
  6. Go back to iTunes and sync!