Apple updates Pages, Numbers, and Keynote to 11.0

March 24, 2021 by No Comments

This week, Apple updated its suite of iWork apps for both iOS and macOS. Pages, Numbers, and Keynote are now in version 11.0, and while the changes aren’t dramatic, there are some small quality-of-life tweaks here.

On iOS, most of the listed updates apply to every app in the suite. They include onscreen keypads for entering numerical values in places where that wasn’t as easy to do before, the ability to make edit mode the default viewing mode for every document you open, new editing controls in the Arrange Inspector, a new gesture for adding or removing objects, and the ability to include phone number links.

Numbers has one minor, app-specific change: you can now exclude the summary worksheet when you export your spreadsheet to Excel.

Here are all the changes that apply to every iOS iWork App, per Apple’s release notes:

  • Precise editing controls in the Arrange Inspector for adjusting the look and placement of objects
  • On-screen keypads for entering exact values for text size, spacing, table size, and more
  • Ability to add or remove objects or table cells from a selection by tapping or dragging across them
  • Setting to always open spreadsheets in edit mode
  • Ability to add phone number links to table cells, text objects, and shapes

On the Mac, all apps gained an improved media browser, phone number link support, and “AppleScript functionality to change a spreadsheet password or open password-protected spreadsheets.”

Additionally, Keynote now offers the ability to view presenter notes and the next slide “in a separate window while presenting.” Here are Apple’s release notes for iWork Mac apps:

  • Updated media browser offers enhanced search options and new content categories such as Recents, Portraits, and Live Photos
  • Ability to add phone number links to table cells, text objects, and shapes
  • AppleScript functionality to change a spreadsheet password or open password-protected spreadsheets

Updates for each of these apps are available to download from the App Store to all Mac and iOS users today.

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