Apple Patent Hints at iWeb for iPad

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Apple’s iWeb may be destined to join Keynote, Pages and Numbers on the iPad. The tip off that Apple’s Web site design app may be expanding beyond the Mac OS X desktop comes courtesy of a patent filing detailing gesture-based electronic document authoring.

iWeb for the iPad. Maybe.Apple’s iWeb may be headed for the iPad

According to Patently Apple, patent application 20110074710 details which iOS-based applications are designed to work with touch screen-based display, and it turns out iWeb is on that list. While Keynote, Pages and Numbers are all available for the iPad now, iWeb is still missing.

iWeb on the Mac lets users build Web pages without needing to know any coding skills. It offers drag and drop design features, much like Pages, and includes support for blogging, photo albums, and managing Web sites via MobileMe.

Just because Apple listed iWeb in its patent application doesn’t mean the company has plans to bring the app to the iPad. Offering iWeb for the iPad, however, sounds like a good idea since it would offer a touch-based tool for graphically designing and publishing Web sites on the go.

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Pat Mahon

I hope this one flies. iWeb hardly gets any love from Cupertino. They totally overlooked it when updating iLife to iLife ‘11 (along with iDVD - which I understand). But I think this is a much under appreciated WYSIWYG editor for the family web site. Although of course an iOS version will be a watered down offering. It will still be better than nothing. IMO

Dorje Sylas

The delay in not seeing iWeb with the rest of iLife would probably be due to three things. #1 MobileMe relaunch, iWeb isnt any good if it doesn’t have someplace for the code to easily go. #2 Move iWeb from Life to Work, still a tool for creatives but one that plays nicer with Pages and Keynote, kinda that 3rd leg of data presentation (print/e-print, present, web) #3 HTML5 features that play well with Safari (Mac & iOS), making a WYSIWYG web page maker that plays nice with the still in development HTML5 is not easy. If it also has WebApp authoring tools or Widgets that would add to #3 and start doing some petty amature tire-kicking at Flash widgets.


making a WYSIWYG web page maker that plays nice with the still in development HTML5 is not easy.

With Dashcode and iAd Producer; Apple already has two WYSIWYG HTML5 editors. Both are decent at creating nice HTML 5 websites, but need quite a bit of work to be consumer friendly.

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