Apple released new versions of Pages, Numbers and Keynote on March 23. All three programs (collectively known as iWork) are available to iPhone, iPad, and Mac users.
Although the programs have been updated with version 11, they don’t seem like big updates. In fact, practically nothing has changed visually, although there are some new features in the form of features.
Pages, Numbers, and Keynote are Apple’s equivalent of Microsoft’s Office software, though the main difference is that Apple’s apps are free (although they’re only compatible with Apple devices).
iOS users will benefit from new features such as precision editing controls and on-screen keyboards where you can enter the exact value for font size, distance, table size, and more.
On the other hand, the Mac user gains an updated media browser with improved search options. In addition, how could it be otherwise, the typical bugs and security issues.
The previous update to Pages, Numbers, and Keynote for Mac (version 10.3.5) arrived last November with macOS Big Sur. Instead, the latest version for iOS (version 10.3.9) was released in September, coinciding with the release of iOS 14.
What’s new in Pages, Numbers, and Keynote on the Mac?
- Updated media browser with improved search options and new content categories like Recents, Portraits, and Live Photos
- Ability to add the link to a phone number in table cells, text objects and shapes
- AppleScript functionality to change a presentation password or open password-protected presentations
- New features in Keynote that make it easier to present during a video conference
- Ability to view presenter notes, current slide, and next slide in separate window during presentation in Keynote 11.0
- Thumbnail images in Keynote windows make it easy to edit complex sequences
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What’s new in Pages, Numbers, and Keynote for iOS?
- New fine-grained editing controls in the Inspector to adjust the appearance and layout of objects
- New on-screen keyboards for entering exact values for text size, distance, table size… making it easier to adjust the look and layout of text, tables, and objects
- Ability to add or remove objects or table cells from a selection by tapping or dragging them
- Settings for documents to always open in edit mode
- Ability to exclude summary sheet when exporting your Numbers spreadsheet to Microsoft Excel
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