Apple has reportedly begun inviting non-developers to try out its iWork for iCloud beta.
According to multiple reports, select members of the public have received email invitations from Apple's iWork team to try out "a new iCloud feature". It is not yet clear how many invites Apple has sent out, and there are no details yet about how the participants were selected.
The email reads:
"We'll soon be introducing a new and exciting feature to iCloud. It's called iWork for iCloud and it's a suite of apps – Pages, Numbers, and Keynote – that make it easy for anyone with an iCloud account create and edit great-looking documents, spreadsheets, and presentations right on the web.
We'd like to invite you to be one of the first to try it, so we're giving you early access to the iWork for iCloud beta. All you have to do is sign in to iCloud on a Mac or PC using the current version of Safari, Chrome or Internet Explorer. Then just click on Pages, Numbers, or Keynote and you're off."
While going to iCloud.com brings up iWork for us, we have been unable to get access to the iWork for iCloud beta, and are greeted by a coming soon screen instead.
However, some of our readers have reported that, while they haven't received an invitation from Apple, they have been able to edit Pages documents from within their browsers, and it has synced across their iOS devices too. We'll update this story when we find out more.
Reader James Trudgian is able to access the iWork for iCloud beta (above), despite using a non-developer iCloud account. He did not recieve an invite from Apple. Thanks James!
The public invites follow Apple's expansion of the iWork for iCloud beta to developers with free accounts earlier this month.
Apple first unveiled iWork for iCloud at its Worldwide Developers Conference on 10 June. To find out more about iWork for iCloud, and to find out our first impressions of the service, check out our preview here.