Apple Updates iWork for iOS Apps with iCloud Support

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Apple has released updated versions of the Keynote, Pages and Numbers iOS apps, adding support for iCloud's Documents in the Cloud feature. iCloud now backs up documents automatically and syncs versions between the iWork apps on iOS and the Mac.

OS X Mountain Lion is required to sync documents between the Mac and iOS versions of Keynote, Numbers and Pages.

What's new

Keynote/Numbers/Pages 1.6.1 works with iCloud to make presentations automatically available between your iOS device and Keynote on your Mac*. Changes made to a presentation on one device are instantly available on the other.

*Requires Keynote 5.2 or later installed on OS X Mountain Lion

Apple has been working on removing the hierarchical file system for several years, something that should make finding files easier for computer novices. Apple's marketing specifically highlights this as a feature: "You don’t have to manage your documents in a complicated file system or remember to save them to a special folder."

Keynote, Pages and Numbers are universal apps, available for $9.99 each on the App Store.

Top Rated Comments

BMcCoy Avatar
111 months ago
Removing hierarchical file systems? How does it organise your files then?
I like my organisation of documents into folders and sub-folders.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
JohnDoe98 Avatar
111 months ago

This was the feature I dreamt that Apple would have implemented when Lion and iOS 5 came out.


Don't get too excited, the functionality is still crippled. Since so many features still don't work on the iOS version, the implementation still results in duplicates of your files and they do not end up synced with one another.

It only works if you limit yourself to what the iOS versions can do and no more. Obviously the functionality of the iOS version is unacceptable on a full fledged operating system. So right not it doesn't "just work" and actually kind of sucks.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Tmelon Avatar
111 months ago
I don't know why iWork on iOS still has mentions of iDisk. They really should have gotten rid of that with this update.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
JohnDoe98 Avatar
111 months ago

Just get iA Writer. Has been doing everything I thought Pages would do when it first came out and its eve better now than it was when I got it a few months ago.


No thanks, iA Writer is even more feature limited than Pages.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
honjoe Avatar
111 months ago
This was the feature I dreamt that Apple would have implemented when Lion and iOS 5 came out.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
theSeb Avatar
111 months ago

Removing hierarchical file systems? How does it organise your files then?
I like my organisation of documents into folders and sub-folders.


I think it's an insult to people to assume that an average person cannot understand how a hierarchical file system works, since it's exactly how we organise documents and our thoughts naturally, whether using folders and cupboards or our brain. I am not sure who at Apple thinks this is a good idea, but I have 10 GBs of documents and storing them without a hierarchy would be plain silly.


Apple has been working on removing the hierarchical file system for several years, something that should make finding files easier for computer novices. Apple's marketing specifically highlights this as a feature: "You don’t have to manage your documents in a complicated file system or remember to save them to a special folder."


Wow, put stuff into a folder, remember where you put it. Really difficult and expert level of computing knowledge is required for this. Of course a flat structure of thousands of documents is MUCH better. :confused: :rolleyes:

Seriously, where did Apple get the feedback that storing stuff in a folder is too difficult? User surveys at the Midvale School for the Gifted? I like a lot of things about Apple, but this is insulting to anyone with an IQ above a slow chimpanzee.

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Ever hear of Spotlight? With modern search engines foldering of files is pretty much just a keep busy task.


A search index does not replace a good folder structure, it only supplements it. Keeping stuff organised based on related information such as one project is a natural thing that humans do.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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