After releasing new Keynote, Pages, and Numbers updates for the Mac earlier today, Apple has also started rolling out updates for the iWork apps designed to work on iPhones and iPads.

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The updates to Keynote, Pages, and Numbers for iOS bring support for the upcoming Magic Keyboard, mice, and trackpads when using the iWork apps on an iPad. The new versions of the software also include support for collaborative work using iCloud Folder Sharing along with other new features outlined in the release notes below.

Pages for iOS Release Notes

  • Use Pages on an ‌iPad‌ with Magic Keyboard, a mouse, or a trackpad for a new way to work with your documents. Requires iPadOS 13.4.
  • Select from a variety of gorgeous new templates to help you get started.
  • Add a Pages document to a shared iCloud Drive folder to automatically start collaborating. Requires iPadOS 13.4 or iOS 13.4.
  • Add a drop cap to make a paragraph stand out with a large, decorative first letter.
  • Apply a color, gradient, or image to the background of any document.
  • Touch and hold, then drag across multiple objects to select them.
  • Easily access recently used templates in a redesigned template chooser.
  • Print or export a PDF of your document with comments included.
  • Edit shared documents while offline and your changes will upload when you're back online. Requires iPadOS or iOS 13 or later.
  • Enhance your documents with a variety of new, editable shapes.

Keynote for iOS Release Notes

  • Use Keynote on an ‌iPad‌ with Magic Keyboard, a mouse, or a trackpad for a new way to work with your presentations. Requires iPadOS 13.4.
  • Add a Keynote presentation to a shared ‌iCloud Drive‌ folder to automatically start collaborating. Requires iPadOS 13.4 or iOS 13.4.
  • Edit shared presentations while offline and your changes will upload when you're back online. Requires iPadOS or iOS 13 or later.
  • Select from a variety of gorgeous new themes to help you get started.
  • Touch and hold, then drag across multiple objects to select them.
  • Easily access your recently used themes in a redesigned theme chooser.
  • Print or export a PDF of your presentation with comments included.
  • Add a drop cap to make text stand out with a large, decorative first letter.
  • Enhance your presentations with a variety of new, editable shapes.
  • New "Keyboard" text build in and build out animation

Numbers for iOS Release Notes

  • Use Numbers on an ‌iPad‌ with Magic Keyboard, a mouse, or a trackpad for a new way to work with your spreadsheets. Requires iPadOS 13.4.
  • Create spreadsheets with more rows and columns than ever before.
  • Apply a color to the background of a sheet.
  • Add a Numbers spreadsheet to a shared ‌iCloud Drive‌ folder to automatically start collaborating. Requires iPadOS 13.4 or iOS 13.4.
  • Edit shared spreadsheets while offline and your changes will upload when you're back online. Requires iPadOS or iOS 13 or later.
  • Touch and hold, then drag across multiple objects to select them.
  • Easily access your recently used templates in a redesigned template chooser.
  • Print or export a PDF of your spreadsheet with comments included.
  • Add a drop cap to text in a shape.
  • Enhance your spreadsheets with a variety of new, editable shapes.

Apple has also released a new iMovie update for the iPhone and the ‌iPad‌, which includes mouse and trackpad support. The update also features new keyboard shortcuts.

  • Use iMovie on ‌iPad‌ with Magic Keyboard, a mouse, or a trackpad for a new way to create movies and trailers (requires iPadOS 13.4)
  • Use keyboard shortcuts to toggle between the five inspector modes when a clip is selected: Action, Speed adjustments, Volume, Titles, and Filters
  • Use keyboard shortcuts to quickly rotate video 90-degrees clockwise or counterclockwise
  • Tap the Download All button at the top of the soundtracks list to download all bundled soundtracks at once
  • Add PNG, GIF, TIFF, and BMP files to your movie
  • Performance and stability improvements

Apple's iMovie and iWork for iOS apps are free and can all be found in the App Store on ‌iPhone‌ and ‌iPad‌.

Top Rated Comments

BWhaler Avatar
12 months ago
Great update to the best office suite (imho)

Now bring on the magic keyboard for iPad.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
iDento Avatar
12 months ago
Now we’re talking. iWork is so good I stopped looking for alternatives, I doubt u would anytime soon.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
kamilstudios Avatar
12 months ago
Nice! I use Keynote all the time to make presentation and also motion graphic to be use in Final Cut Pro / editing software. This update will make me use the iPad version more!
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
FloatingBones Avatar
12 months ago
iPadOS 13.4 is an interesting release. It's primarily for the new magic keyboard coming in May, but anyone with existing Magic Keyboards, Magic Trackpad, and Magic Mouse and any modern iPad can take advantage of it today. I have a 5th generation iPad; 13.4 is a huge improvement with the trackpad.

Apple is encouraging developers to update their apps with the new APIs before the May hardware release.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
apparatchik Avatar
12 months ago

Better than MS Office?
For a lot of use cases it is, I do all my personal accounting in Numbers, for simple documents to be sent as PDF Pages is superior, easier to use and navigate than Word, and I have my documents at hand at all times at my Mac, my iPhone or any browser in an emergency at a internet café or someone else’s PC. All of this included in the hardware I have, no subscriptions, etc. The advantage of iWork and similar offerings, is that it does well what the majority of people need. The value that I would get from an O365 subscription will be substantially less than the price of admission, just like with Adobe’s Creative Cloud, the few times a year I need to open -not edit or tweak- an Illustrator file sent to me its just not worth it to suscribe to the service. More and more alternatives are coming up for these scenarios.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
iDento Avatar
12 months ago

Better than MS Office?
iWork is way much cleaner and fun to use. I use it all the time for personal and small business documents and presentations. However, there’s no Access, Onenote, outlook, share point.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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