Apple's iWork apps for iPhone, iPad, and Mac updated as new Keynote, Numbers, and Pages features debut

iWork Keynote on iPad, iPhone and MacBook
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Apple's iWork suite of productivity apps has been one of the go-to options for iPhone, iPad, and Mac owners for years. The three apps, Pages, Keynote, and Numbers all offer people the ability to create documents, presentations, and spreadsheets respectively, and best of all they don't cost a penny. They aren't necessarily the most updated apps around, however, which makes this round of updates worth paying attention to.

Apple has issued updates across all of its major platforms so owners of iPhones, iPads, and Macs should check for new updates if they don't have the App Store configured to handle them automatically. Each app has its own release notes although they are very similar no matter which platform you happen to use these apps on.

All three apps have gained improvements for handling photos taken on an iPhone and iPad while other improvements specific to their wheelhouse are also present. Obviously, all of these updates are free, and we'd suggest everyone downloads them sooner rather than later.

Pages

Apple's Pages app is a great option for people who need to create rich documents whether they be letters, posters, and more. This update improves photo handling and in-app notifications, among other things.

  • Press and hold the Command key to select noncontiguous words, sentences, or paragraphs
  • Streamlined in-app notifications inform you when a person joins a collaborative document for the first time
  • Preserve file format and full quality when adding HEIC photos taken on iPhone or iPad
  • Additional stability and performance improvements

Keynote

The Keynote app is perfect for creating presentations and users can connect their devices to projectors for that big-screen experience. In this update Apple has again improved HEIC photo handling while the familiar stability and performance improvements are also present. Those who deal with files that also need to work with Microsoft PowerPoint will also enjoy a compatibility improvement.

  • Add a new look to your slides with the Dynamic Color, Minimalist Light, and Minimalist Dark themes
  • Streamlined in-app notifications inform you when a person joins a collaborative presentation for the first time
  • Preserve file format and full quality when adding HEIC photos taken on iPhone or iPad
  • Press and hold the Command key to select noncontiguous words, sentences, or paragraphs
  • Improved compatibility for slide transitions when importing and exporting Microsoft PowerPoint files
  • Additional stability and performance improvements

Numbers

While Microsoft's Excel might be the go-to for a lot of people, Numbers can more than hold its own in the spreadsheet stakes. This new update isn't going to change the way people get their work done but there are still some notable improvements to stability and file handling.

  • Streamlined in-app notifications inform you when a person joins a collaborative spreadsheet for the first time
  • Preserve file format and full quality when adding HEIC photos taken on iPhone or iPad
  • Press and hold the Command key to select noncontiguous words, sentences, or paragraphs
  • Additional stability and performance improvements

Those who don't have the iWork apps installed already can download them all for free from the App Store and Mac App Store via Apple's developer page. Again, all of these apps are free which makes them a viable option for people who need to get things done but don't want to pay for a Microsoft subscription or buy Office outright.

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Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.

Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.