Apple job post hints at office web apps
Jobsian browser love shocker
An Apple job listing may indicate that the company is building new web-based versions of its iWork office applications.
"The iWork team is seeking an energetic and highly motivated software engineer to build the front and/or back end of scalable web applications," reads the listing, spotted by Appleinsider. "The person will be part of the core engineering team responsible for the design and development of the software system."
Apple has long offered an iWork.com service that lets you share iWork documents with others, but the applications themselves have remained on local devices, and according to Apple's public announcements, the company's imminent iCloud service – meant to replace iWork.com as well as the MobileMe suite of online tools – will merely provide a means of synchronizing documents and other data across various local applications, including iWork's component apps: Pages, Numbers, and Keynote.
It should be noted, however, that Apple's relationship to the web is uneasy at best. The company has a vested interest in local applications, taking a 30 per cent cut from all software sold through its App Stores, and it continues to bar third-party browsing engines from both the iPhone and the iPad. True browser-based versions of the iWorks applications would mark a significant shift in philosophy. iCloud is an internet technology, but far from a web technology. ®
I don't doubt this to be true
"continues to bar third-party browsing engines from both the iPhone and the iPad"
however, I have 2 other web browsers installed on my iDevices, (Mercury, and Diigo [ formerly iChromify])
there is also a reasonable version of Opera (mini?)
These might not be fully functional alternatives, but Diigo at least works quite differently to safari, and is much (much) better on the iPad, has Tabbed browsing, lets you change your browser agent (so you dont get treated as safari mobile) and much more.
no jailbreak required for any of these.
Why do you presume they won't be charging for it?
30 percent cut on sales from app store != 100% cut from their own offering (which will no doubt work on i-thingies)
There is also skyfire which allows limit use of flash (sort of)