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Apple Focuses on iOS With Updates To iWork’s Keynote, Pages, Numbers Apps

In conjunction with the launch of the iPad mini and iPad Air, Apple has also announced wide-ranging updates to its iWork suite of productivity applications that will come to both iOS and MacOS. These include the popular Pages, Numbers and Keynote programs that are bundled free-of-charge with all Macbooks, iPhones and iPads.

Amongst the headline changes, iWork now supports vertical typing for East Asian languages like Chinese, Japanese and Korean, with three new vertical text templates for Japanese and Traditional Chinese in Pages.

Vertical text in Chinese, shown on Keynote for iOS. Image: Apple.

On iOS, users will now be able to animate objects on slides in Keynote along a specified path drawn with the Apple Pencil or finger. 

This works in conjunction with the ability to add action builds, which harnesses the full potential of Keynote’s animation engine on iOS. Users are able to select animations for objects with options like rotate, move, scale and change opacity. 

Animations has been improved on Keynote for iOS. Image: Apple

On both MacOS and iOS, users can create and share GIFs by exporting multiple slides in Keynote.

To enhance productivity, shapes, templates and themes can now be synced across multiple iOS and MacOS devices via iCloud.

Image placeholders also allow users to visualise and share documents with the possibility to add images without altering formatting.

Collaboration on iWork has also been improved. Grouped objects can also be edited while collaborating, and the maximum file size of projects has been increased to 2GB.


To optimise the efficacy of presentation rehearsals, Keynote on iOS now supports the ability to take notes and record feedback to improve delivery without the need to exit the presentation to make changes.


On MacOS and iOS, users are able to easily access the new table of contents view for easily navigation within the document. This feature will be available on Pages, and on Apple Books. iOS users are now also able to insert a table of contents into word-processing documents.

iOS users can also now look forward to the ability to switch between word processing and page layout modes.


Maximum zoom has been increased to up to 400% on Numbers in iOS. Users are also able to make precise changes to row and column sizes, and can also access quick adjustments to table settings.

On both MacOS and iOS, support for CSV and TSV on Numbers has been improved, enabling better support for data imported from other programs and platforms.

Ian Ling
Ian is the resident Tech Monkey and Head of Content at VR Zone. His training in Economics and Political Science is at the basis of his love for journalism and storytelling. A photographer by passion, and an audiophile by obsession, Ian is captivated by all forms of tech that makes enthusiasts tick.

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