iOS handles numerous file types, but when you try opening compressed zip files on iPhone, it gives error. WinZip utility which provides the easiest way to manage ZIP files has just been released for iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and is available for download via Appstore. WinZip app for iPhone and iPad provides easy-to-use interface for opening and managing compressed .zip files.
Prior WinZip release, anyone who tried to open a .zip to browse some PDF files inside the archive used to get a pop up message saying ‘unsupported’ file format. But now, users can download and install WinZip on their iOS device without having to jailbreak their device.
After installing WinZip app on your iOS device, you will be able to open compressed .zip files and .zip attachments directly from email without any pain. It lets you browse and view Zip files, including multi-file attachments, open encrypted Zip files, copy the contents of Zip files to the clipboard and view zip file attachments from webmail (Yahoo, Gmail, Hotmail, etc)
Almost all type of file extensions are supported – among them, Zipped file types that can be previewed are – .txt, .doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt, .pptx, .rtf, .pdf, .key, .numbers, .pages, .htm, .htm, .jsp, .bmp, .jpg, .jpeg, .tif, .tiff, .png, .gif. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to extract .rar files using WinZip app.
WinZip iPhone app is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad and requires iOS 4.2 or later on your iOS device.