You don’t hear a lot about iWork—Keynote, Pages, and Numbers—these days, but Apple just announced a major update to the suite across iPhone, iPad, and Mac.
“Whether they are in the office, at school, or working remotely, users around the world love Keynote, Pages, and Numbers for their powerful features, ease of use, and seamless experience across iPhone, iPad, and Mac,” Apple VP Bob Borchers said. “Today, we’re adding even more power and capability to these apps with new productivity and collaboration features that enable anyone to create more personal and compelling presentations, make working with documents on iPhone a breeze, and bring full-featured pivot tables to mobile for the first time.”
Here are some of the key updates:
Keynote. Apple’s presentation application can now use the front-facing camera on iPhone, iPad, and Mac to add live video directly to their presentations. Live video objects can be resized or styled with masks, frames, drop shadows, and reflections. And Mac users can connect multiple external cameras to further enhance the live video experience, even sharing the screen of a connected iPhone or iPad on a slide for live, interactive demos. There’s also a new multi-presenter option so that two or more people can control a shared slideshow regardless of their physical location.
Pages. Because more customers read Pages documents on iPhone than with any other device, Apple’s word processing app now provides a new reading and editing experience called Screen View that displays text, images, and other elements in a continuously flowing single-column with enlarged text, auto-fit photos and drawings, and scrollable tables. And Screen View can be toggled off so you can see the page layout for printing or publishing.
Numbers. Apple’s spreadsheet solution picks up pivot tables support so that users can summarize, group, and rearrange data to identify and analyze patterns and trends. While Numbers may be late to this functionality, Apple points out that Numbers is the first app to bring full-featured pivot tables to mobile with the same set of features across iPhone, iPad, and Mac. So there.
Keynote, Pages, and Numbers also support the new translation features that Apple introduced in iOS 15, iPadOS 15, and macOS Monterey. This lets users select text to see a translation, hear it read aloud, or instantly replace the selection with the translated text.
The new versions of Keynote, Pages, and Numbers are available for free in the App Store (on iPhone and iPad) and Mac App Store.
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