Apple has recently updated its collection of iWork apps, including Pages, Numbers, and Keynote, to support the new hover mode of the Apple Pencil and provide various other improvements and bug fixes. These updates come after Apple released its latest operating systems, iOS 16.4 and macOS Ventura 13.3, along with other releases.
The new Apple Pencil hover mode is an exclusive feature for the iPad Pro models released in 2022. It allows users to preview how the brush looks on a page based on thickness and opacity, while also accounting for tilt and azimuth to show how the angle of the Pencil affects the drawn line. This feature is designed to make it easy to navigate, write, sketch, and illustrate with greater precision on supported iPad models.
In addition to the new Apple Pencil hover mode, the iWork updates also include improvements and bug fixes for collaboration activities. Users can now export and send a copy of their spreadsheets, documents, and presentations in a different format right from the Share menu.
The Numbers for Mac update includes improved performance for large spreadsheets on Mac computers with Apple silicon. The iOS app for Numbers doesn’t include new features other than Apple Pencil Hover, improvements, and bug fixes for collaboration, and sending copies of spreadsheets in a different format through Share Sheet. Numbers for iPhone and iPad require iOS or iPadOS 15.4, while the Mac app needs macOS 12.3 or later.
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Meanwhile, Pages on Mac and on iOS include templates for reports, notes, letters, and resumes and now have placeholder text with instructions. The app requires iOS and iPadOS 15.4 or later and macOS 12.0 or later.
Finally, viewing a Keynote Live presentation is now supported only in a web browser. The Mac app requires macOS 12.3 or later, while the iOS app needs version 15.4 for iPhones and iPads.
These updates are all part of Apple’s ongoing efforts to improve the user experience and provide more functionality for its users. With the new Apple Pencil hover mode and other improvements, users can enjoy even greater precision and efficiency when using Pages, Numbers, and Keynote on their Apple devices.