Apple during its education event announced important changes to the iWork suite of apps. The company previewed new features coming to Pages, Numbers, and Keynote across iOS, macOS, and iCloud.
With the launch of new 9.7-inch iPad with Apple Pencil support, Apple has extended the Pencil support to iWork as well. As a result, users can now draw, sketch or write with Apple Pencil directly in their Pages, Numbers, and Keynote apps. A new feature called Smart Annotations (currently in beta) in Pages allows users to incorporate feedback in a document using Apple Pencil. The cool thing about this smart feature is whatever you write with the pencil dynamically anchors to text.
“iWork is a powerful suite of apps designed for iPhone, iPad and Mac that is used in classrooms around the world,” said Susan Prescott, Apple’s vice president of Apps Product Marketing. “With Apple Pencil support on iPad, the new Pages, Numbers and Keynote apps now let students bring a whole new level of creativity to their documents, spreadsheets and presentations, while the innovative new Smart Annotation feature gives students the ability to give, receive and incorporate feedback easier than ever before. Students can also use the built-in, real-time collaboration tools available in iWork to explore and learn together.”
Another new change in iWork relates to Pages specifically. Pages for iOS and macOS allows users to create books, including short stories to travel books. The app has a variety of customizable templates to offer. Furthermore, it also supports real-time collaboration among classmates or colleagues to create books together on iPad, iPhone, Mac and iCloud. It can be directly published to iBooks as well.
Well, there’s more. Pages in iWork has a new Presenter Mode, which can transform the device into a virtual teleprompter for distraction-free reading. All these updates are available now on the App Store and Mac App Store. Update now!