Apple recently updated its iWork suite of productivity applications for both iOS 9 and OS X 10.11 El Capitan, bringing a multitude of new hardware support for the iPhone 6s and iPad, including 3D Touch, tablet multitasking, keyboard shortcuts that support the company’s new wireless accessories, VoiceOver, and more.
On the iOS 9 side of the coin, Pages, Numbers and Keynote were updated to version 2.6. One of the most substantial aspects of the newest update is the addition of support for Apple’s Slide Over, Split View, and Picture in Picture multitasking on the iPad Air 2, iPad mini 4, and forthcoming iPad Pro.
In addition, the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus iWork apps are now compatible with pressure-sensitive 3D Touch controls. This will open up a whole new realm of possibilities, such as when copying and pasting, selecting all or a portion of text, and inserting an image or video into documents.
The ability to open iWork 2008 and 2006 documents, as well as preview shared documents through the Safari app, was also added. Additionally, compatibility with the Microsoft Office suite has been improved.
Also receiving a boost are the accessibility features built-in to the desktop and mobile platforms, respectively, with the implementation of VoiceOver commands for editing and navigating user interface being paramount among them. Users can now add, edit, read and preview their documents, or access various menu functions all by voice guidance.
A complete list of new features for all iWork applications can be found on Apple’s dedicated What’s New webpage.
OS X 10.11 El Capitan
On the OS X El Capitan side, the same applications were updated to version 5.6, with Pages, Numbers and Keynote adding support for Split View and Apple’s new “two-up” viewing option for OS X El Capitan.
In addition, newer MacBooks with Force Touch, or iMacs with the new Force Touch Magic Trackpad 2 are capable of haptic feedback responses when editing documents, while VoiceOver commands add a touch of streamlined productivity to the user experience. Much akin to their iOS 9 counterparts, Mac versions of iWork applications are compatible with iWork 2008 and 2006 documents, as well.
Current users can download Apple’s newest iWork updates for FREE through the iOS or Mac App Store. Pages, Numbers and Keynote for iOS clock in at 275MB, 233MB and 510MB, respectively, while the corresponding applications clock in at 224MB, 166MB and 465MB on Mac.
Users that are new to iWork can purchase the applications on iOS for $10 a piece, or on the Mac App Store for $20 each.