Apple Updates Pages, Keynote, and Numbers for iOS 17 and macOS Sonoma

Apple today updated its suite of iWork apps for the iPhone, iPad, and Mac, adding new features to Pages, Keynote, and Numbers.

iWork macOS Trio Feature
On the ‌iPhone‌ and the ‌iPad‌, the three iWork apps now support 3D objects in the USDZ file format. Apple says that these can be added to documents to "bring new dimensions" to your work. In Keynote specifically, embedded animations within USDZ files can be played, or Magic Move can be used to animate 3D objects across slides.

The apps support Stickers through the updated emoji interface that allows both stickers and emoji to be used throughout the iOS operating system, plus there are inline predictions for text as you type with iOS 17 or iPadOS 17 installed.

Other new features include options to collaborate on documents over FaceTime, the ability to find and open suggested documents when using Spotlight, and an option to drag documents to the Keynote/Pages/Numbers icon on the Home Screen to import them. Pages also supports new paragraph style options and has a Minimalist Report template, while Keynote has new dynamic themes and live video slide layouts.

On the Mac, Pages, Numbers, and Keynote also now support USDZ files, and the same themes and templates have also been added to Pages and Keynote.

The iWork apps for iOS and Mac are available for free from the App Store and Mac App Store.

Top Rated Comments

TheDailyApple Avatar
8 months ago

I am surprised apple has continued to fund this effort. Pages, numbers, and keynote just need to die
I couldn’t disagree more. Microsoft office may be the industry standard, but the iWork suite is a very capable alternative, especially for personal use. Most functionality present in MS Office but missing from iWork is more advanced than the majority of users know how to use. (Did you know most people I encounter don’t even know you can set the indent with the ruler on Word and Pages?) iWork is faster, lighter weight, and easier to use for someone without previous experience.

Do you also think that Pixelmator and Affinity should die because Adobe is the industry standard in the creative world and has more functionality?

Not to mention that fact that Keynote is widely considered superior to PowerPoint.
Score: 34 Votes (Like | Disagree)
jonnysods Avatar
8 months ago
I don't know why people throw so much hate on these apps, at least they are free of any subscription fee. I'll take that any day.
Score: 20 Votes (Like | Disagree)
HobeSoundDarryl Avatar
8 months ago

It will be great for those 4 people who use this instead of Office. ;)
I get that joke, and laugh with you. However, Pages in the often overlooked Page Layout Mode is quite a great DTP app that seems- IMO- to be just about the perfect mix of power & simplicity. I've sold some clients on buying Macs mostly to use Pages in Page Layout mode.

But bigger question: did I miss the arrival of Sonoma?
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
rbramseyjr Avatar
8 months ago
idk, in age of subscriptions, it's nice to have software you[S] legally[/S] don't have to pay for built in and ready to go.

hell, the signature feature in preview alone has saved me from weekly "support" calls from my parents.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
centauratlas Avatar
8 months ago
Apple needs to keep these around. How many people want a subscription for Office? How many people want to deal with the non standard interface on Mac or iOS? How many people would rightly be concerned about MSFT or Google's privacy policies in their apps?

They are a great part of the Apple ecosystem so you don't need to be dependent on Google or MSFT.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Trisaeclisenex Avatar
8 months ago

I am surprised apple has continued to fund this effort. Pages, numbers, and keynote just need to die
I am surprised by this comment: following that logic, Apple should have discontinued the Mac a few decades ago…

I use Keynote and Pages daily, and Numbers a few times a week. My employer pays for a pro license for MSOffice, but I find iWorks more powerful and easy to work with. The IT department wants everyone to switch to an all Microsoft environment, but for some reason, I'm always asked to create Keynote presentations and Pages documents because they like them better…

The fact that iWorks comes free on your Mac is a major advantage for everyone, also!
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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