iWork iOS Update Brings it Into Parity With macOS

Apple updated the iWork apps on iOS today: Pages, Numbers, and Keynote. It brings the apps into parity with the macOS versions, and adds more support for Apple Pencil.

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Feature Parity

The parity I refer to is bringing features to the iOS versions that were previously only available on the macOS versions. For example, in the past when you were collaborating on a document, you had a file size restraint of 1GB. But the new update doubles that to 2GB. You also don’t have to ungroup objects before collaborating people edit them.

iwork suite. icons of pages, numbers, keynote


Apple changed how Action Builds work, giving iOS Keynote better animations for moving, scaling, and changing the opacity of photos. Action Builds let you control movement inside slides, while Transition Builds control movement between slides. You can define the movement with an Apple Pencil by drawing a path to make an object move a specific way.

You can also export one or more slides as an animated GIF. Finally, when you’re using Keynote to present, you can edit your speaker notes on the fly.


With iOS Numbers you can now zoom into a spreadsheet 400% of its normal size, which is double the previous amount. Apple added more control over how wide or tall you want rows and columns to be.


The new update for iOS Pages adds a button to make it easier between writing text and designing with graphics. Vertical text is a new feature, which lets you type in Traditional Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. Three vertical templates are available for this.

On iOS you can now see the Table of Contents for long documents, and create a Table like you would on macOS. It automatically gets updated with every additional heading.

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One thought on “iWork iOS Update Brings it Into Parity With macOS

  • Most importantly they fixed the Spell Check bug in Pages. For months now it would mark a misspelled word, but would not offer suggestions. It does again!!! I am flipping out here.

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