Apple released new versions of Pages, Numbers and Keynote on 23 March 2021, each of the three programs (that go by the collective name iWork) is available for iPhone, iPad and Mac.
While the new versions have the version number 11, they actually don’t seem like huge updates. Visually nothing has changed significantly, however there are a number of new features.
Pages, Numbers and Keynote are Apple’s equivalent to the Office apps sold by Microsoft, with the crucial difference that they are all free.
For iOS users, the new features include precision controls for editing and on-screen keypads where you can enter exact values for text size, distance, table size and more.
Mac user get an up-to-date media browser with enhanced search options. In addition, of course, the usual bug and security fixes are offered.
The last update for the Mac version of Pages, Numbers and Keynote (version 10.3.5), came in November alongside macOS Big Sur. The last update for the iOS versions (10.3.9) was in September, around the time iOS 14 launched.
New features in Pages, Numbers and Keynote for Mac
Updated media browser with 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 presentation password or open password-protected presentations
New features in Keynote makes it easier to present over video conference: in Keynote 11.0 for Mac you can now also view your presenter notes, current slide, and next slide in a separate window while presenting.
Keynote Thumbnail images in the build order window make it easier to edit complex sequences
Pages for Mac,
Numbers for Mac and
Keynote for Mac.
New features in Pages, Numbers and Keynote for iOS
Pages, Numbers, and Keynote on iOS and iPadOS received new precise editing controls in the Arrange Inspector for adjusting the look and placement of objects
New onscreen keypads for entering exact values for text size, spacing, table size let you more easily adjust the look and placement of text, tables, and objects.
Ability to add or remove objects or table cells from a selection by tapping or dragging across them.
There’s also a setting so you can always open documents in edit mode
Numbers gains the ability to exclude the summary worksheet when exporting your spreadsheet to Microsoft Excel.
Pages for iOS,
Numbers for iOS and
Keynote for iOS.