Why is rtf (rich text format) an issue for IOS (iphone/ipod touch)?

I recently got an ipod touch and am loving it, but am still trying to find a good notetaking app that suits my needs (particularly, one that can put an easily modified table into a note). So far, the ones I’ve found that can put a table in (in the desktop version of the app) are using Apple’s native RTF (rich text format) to do so.

But in all the cases I’ve gotten to so far (Soho Notes and Evernote), the IOS version of the app cannot modify rich text, or various things that depend on it like tables. And they both claim that it’s not an issue with their programming, but an issue with rich text not yet being supported on IOS.

Why is this? In particular, with Soho notes, I can create a rich text note in the desktop application, sync it with the ipod app, and I can read the note just fine! It has no problem reading and displaying the rich text or table. But when I try to modify it it gives the message that it can only modify it if it converts it to plain text first. How could something be inherently unmodifiable by an operating system that can easily display it? And even in the case that IOS doesn’t have it’s own built in RTF parser, it’s just formatted text, which is on par in complexity with html which the IOS handle just fine - how hard could it be to put in your own code for that?

As a PS - if anyone happens to know of an OSX+IOS cross-syncable application+app that can make easily modified tables in notes (other features like tags, smart folders, blog posting, etc are nice too) on both the desktop and ipod touch versions, please let me know.

Since RTF was invented by Microsoft, and is mostly used on Microsoft systems, Apple is in no hurry to support it extensively?

Of course, to support RTF you would need to support a plethora of other features that are probably too sophisticated for the general iPod IOS: truetype fonts, screen measure and paper sizes, etc. While it might be possible to construct all this together in a closed-environment program (like the iPad equivalent of Word - Ink, or a PDF renderer) Apple probably does not want to make the iPod base operating system that fancy. You would have to define so many pixels to the inch, or scale up/down, margins and paper, etc. Once you start, where do you stop? Printer drivers? Special characters? If you want formatted text, use HTML in that environment.

Heck iXxxx does not even support network share browsing.