Preview and TextEdit

iOS 8 may bring some improvements to iCloud, including the addition of TextEdit and Preview apps for the iPhone and iPad. On OS X the two have had iCloud sync built in since 10.8 Mountain Lion, but according to Mark Gurman of 9to5Mac, Apple is testing mobile versions of both:

Apple is developing versions of the Mac operating system’s Preview and TextEdit applications that are optimized for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. The applications are said to not be designed to actually edit PDFs, images, or text documents. Instead, the apps are built to serve as tools to view Preview and TextEdit files stored in iCloud by OS X.

Gurman goes on to say that both are still early in development but are being considered for release later this year, possibly as part of iOS 8. PDF and document editing would still be encouraged through the iWork and iBooks applications, but the introduction of these new apps would at least offer yet more feature parity between iOS and OS X.

We'll have to wait until later in the year to see if anything does come of this, but if it does would you welcome it? Or would these be more apps you wouldn't use that much anyway?

Update: The below image is our first look at what the two app icons could look like, alongside an appearance of the previously rumored Healthbook. The image comes via Weibo from an unknown source, though Gurman has verified their current authenticity.

iOS 8 icons

Source: 9to5Mac