Does iWork come with the iPad / How much does iWork cost?

There seems to be a bit of confusion regarding whether or not iWork is included as part of the purchase price of the iPad.

Although many people are under the impression that iWork comes pre-loaded on the Apple iPad, this is not the case.

The iWork apps (Pages, Keynote, and Number) will be sold individually in the AppStore for a price of $9.99 each.

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Having to buy an app to be able to use Numbers with the rest of the world (which uses Excel) is a ripoff. This time Apple has gone to far up it's own A** and can't see the light of day. If I had known this I would not have bought Numbers! It's a great program, but if you can't save it as an Excel document on the iPad, what use is it?

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Having to buy an app to be able to use Numbers with the rest of the world (which uses Excel) is a ripoff. This time Apple has gone to far up it's own A** and can't see the light of day. If I had known this I would not have bought Numbers! It's a great program, but if you can't save it as an Excel document on the iPad, what use is it?

1. It's $30 for 3 very good working applications. How much does Office cost, again?
2. You can easily connect to a mac and export the file to Excel from there, if you have iWork for mac
3. You're complaining about something Microsoft has been doing for years. Why shouldn't word be able to read pages?
4. You can export it to PDF, which should be easy to read, right from the iPad. Furthermore, Apple generally improves on their products over time, and that feature will likely be included in a future update.
5. If you're that mad about it, buy a mac. It can read just about any kind of file, and can export to just about anything as well.

The point is simply that one would assume an apple product would intuitively and automatically handle opening and saving such common place documents as word and excel, WITHOUT the need for an additional app that doesn't work automatically and intuitively. Suggesting that Apple adopt shoddy Microsoft practices is sheer folly.

The point is simply that one would assume an apple product would intuitively and automatically handle opening and saving such common place documents as word and excel, WITHOUT the need for an additional app that doesn't work automatically and intuitively. Suggesting that Apple adopt shoddy Microsoft practices is sheer folly.