Apple rolls out minor updates to iWork apps

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Apple has updated its iWork suite of Pages, Numbers, and Keynote to version 14.0, bringing some minor changes to its productivity software.

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All three apps have received identical upgrades for the iPad, iPhone, and Mac.

New streamlined in-app notifications inform users when a person joins in on a collaborative document, making it easy to know who is working with you and when.

Users can press and hold the Command key to select noncontiguous words, sentences, or paragraphs. This works on both Mac and iPad, provided the iPad has a connected keyboard and trackpad or mouse.

The productivity suite also preserves file format and full quality when adding HEIC photos taken on an iPhone or iPad.

Apple also notes that the apps have received additional behind-the-scenes stability and performance improvements.

The new versions of the iWork apps require macOS Ventura 13.0, iOS 16.0 or iPadOS 16.0 and later. They are also compatible with visionOS 1.0.

Previously, Apple updated iWork in September 2023. That update brought support for the USDZ format.



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Comments

  • Reply 1 of 8
    Discontinuous text selection is great. But I miss rectangular selection of text too, handy to select columns that are not in tables.
    watto_cobrawilliamlondondanox
  • Reply 2 of 8
    sphericspheric Posts: 2,555member
    Wow. Didn’t discontiguous text selection use to be a feature back around 2010? 
    appleinsideruserwilliamlondon
  • Reply 3 of 8
    danoxdanox Posts: 2,840member
    Pages is fast easy to use and is compatible across the iPhone, iPad and Mac and can open many types of files, however Apple doesn't advertise that ability to much these days like they use to.

    Also its layout functions with pictures is nice too along with the dictation feature and it also works well with Notability, and Goodnotes.
  • Reply 4 of 8
    fastasleepfastasleep Posts: 6,417member
    It's incredible how slow Apple is to add features to their productivity software, but any updates at all are always good news. :)

    I imagine they're primarily working mostly on visionOS versions and integration of whatever "AI" features are coming this summer.
  • Reply 5 of 8
    dutchlorddutchlord Posts: 209member
    iWorks is a joke. Just another hobby of Apple to keep people in the ecosystem. Only maintenance updates, no cross platform compatibility, zero innovation. 
    williamlondon
  • Reply 6 of 8
    dutchlord said:
    iWorks is a joke. Just another hobby of Apple to keep people in the ecosystem. Only maintenance updates, no cross platform compatibility, zero innovation. 
    Share a link. Collaborate via the web.
  • Reply 7 of 8
    fastasleepfastasleep Posts: 6,417member
    dutchlord said:
    iWorks is a joke. Just another hobby of Apple to keep people in the ecosystem. Only maintenance updates, no cross platform compatibility, zero innovation. 
    What do you mean, "no cross platform compatibility"? You can open and save to Word/Excel/PPT formats from their respective counterparts. I haven't needed Office for anything, ever. And how does it "keep people" when there's nothing forcing you to use it at all?
    edited April 4 sphericmacike
  • Reply 8 of 8
    sphericspheric Posts: 2,555member
    dutchlord said:
    iWorks is a joke. Just another hobby of Apple to keep people in the ecosystem. Only maintenance updates, no cross platform compatibility, zero innovation. 
    You could have legitimately argued your point fifteen years ago, except even back then, Pages ran circles around Word for layouting, and Keynote output production-grade video (I know of at least one media-agency former customer of mine who threw together a quick presentation demo in Keynote, which the client immediately signed off — so he just exported the final video directly from there). 

    They then sadly castrated the Mac versions in the name of cross-platform compatibility (with iOS and iPad, mind — not Windows). 

    But actual proof of viability came when Microsoft decided to „starve“ the newly emerging iPad platform by not making Office available for iPadOS (despite having a working touch-enabled version to blueprint from on Surface). 

    Turned out, people didn’t really need it. iWork was great, and it could work with MS Office files when needed. 

    Yeah, there’s some super-complex Excel stuff that doesn’t translate — but there’s some super-specialised Excel scripts that only work properly on Windows, as well. Edge cases, not
    relevant to the market at large — and certainly not to private use. 
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