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Apple Updates iMovie and iWork Apps for iOS With Trackpad and Mouse Support

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After releasing new Keynote, Pages, and Numbers updates for the Mac earlier today, Apple has also started rolling out updates for the iWork apps designed to work on iPhones and iPads.


The updates to Keynote, Pages, and Numbers for iOS bring support for the upcoming Magic Keyboard, mice, and trackpads when using the iWork apps on an iPad. The new versions of the software also include support for collaborative work using iCloud Folder Sharing along with other new features outlined in the release notes below.

Pages for iOS Release Notes

  • Use Pages on an iPad with Magic Keyboard, a mouse, or a trackpad for a new way to work with your documents. Requires iPadOS 13.4.
  • Select from a variety of gorgeous new templates to help you get started.
  • Add a Pages document to a shared iCloud Drive folder to automatically start collaborating. Requires iPadOS 13.4 or iOS 13.4.
  • Add a drop cap to make a paragraph stand out with a large, decorative first letter.
  • Apply a color, gradient, or image to the background of any document.
  • Touch and hold, then drag across multiple objects to select them.
  • Easily access recently used templates in a redesigned template chooser.
  • Print or export a PDF of your document with comments included.
  • Edit shared documents while offline and your changes will upload when you're back online. Requires iPadOS or iOS 13 or later.
  • Enhance your documents with a variety of new, editable shapes.
Keynote for iOS Release Notes

  • Use Keynote on an iPad with Magic Keyboard, a mouse, or a trackpad for a new way to work with your presentations. Requires iPadOS 13.4.
  • Add a Keynote presentation to a shared iCloud Drive folder to automatically start collaborating. Requires iPadOS 13.4 or iOS 13.4.
  • Edit shared presentations while offline and your changes will upload when you're back online. Requires iPadOS or iOS 13 or later.
  • Select from a variety of gorgeous new themes to help you get started.
  • Touch and hold, then drag across multiple objects to select them.
  • Easily access your recently used themes in a redesigned theme chooser.
  • Print or export a PDF of your presentation with comments included.
  • Add a drop cap to make text stand out with a large, decorative first letter.
  • Enhance your presentations with a variety of new, editable shapes.
  • New "Keyboard" text build in and build out animation
Numbers for iOS Release Notes

  • Use Numbers on an iPad with Magic Keyboard, a mouse, or a trackpad for a new way to work with your spreadsheets. Requires iPadOS 13.4.
  • Create spreadsheets with more rows and columns than ever before.
  • Apply a color to the background of a sheet.
  • Add a Numbers spreadsheet to a shared iCloud Drive folder to automatically start collaborating. Requires iPadOS 13.4 or iOS 13.4.
  • Edit shared spreadsheets while offline and your changes will upload when you're back online. Requires iPadOS or iOS 13 or later.
  • Touch and hold, then drag across multiple objects to select them.
  • Easily access your recently used templates in a redesigned template chooser.
  • Print or export a PDF of your spreadsheet with comments included.
  • Add a drop cap to text in a shape.
  • Enhance your spreadsheets with a variety of new, editable shapes.
Apple has also released a new iMovie update for the iPhone and the iPad, which includes mouse and trackpad support. The update also features new keyboard shortcuts.
  • Use iMovie on iPad with Magic Keyboard, a mouse, or a trackpad for a new way to create movies and trailers (requires iPadOS 13.4)
  • Use keyboard shortcuts to toggle between the five inspector modes when a clip is selected: Action, Speed adjustments, Volume, Titles, and Filters
  • Use keyboard shortcuts to quickly rotate video 90-degrees clockwise or counterclockwise
  • Tap the Download All button at the top of the soundtracks list to download all bundled soundtracks at once
  • Add PNG, GIF, TIFF, and BMP files to your movie
  • Performance and stability improvements
Apple's iMovie and iWork for iOS apps are free and can all be found in the App Store on iPhone and iPad.

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FloatingBones

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iPadOS 13.4 is an interesting release. It's primarily for the new magic keyboard coming in May, but anyone with existing Magic Keyboards, Magic Trackpad, and Magic Mouse and any modern iPad can take advantage of it today. I have a 5th generation iPad; 13.4 is a huge improvement with the trackpad.

Apple is encouraging developers to update their apps with the new APIs before the May hardware release.
 
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Mainsail

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I am using a regular BT mouse with my iPad 7th gen, and it works fine except the scrolling in Safari is not very smooth. I was really looking forward to this update to iWork because the big advantage in using a mouse or trackpad will be revealed in productivity apps. Can’t wait to try it out. Hope it delivers.

BTW - while Apple would love to sell $300 Magic Keyboards and $125 Trackpads, this new feature needs to work competently with a basic $25 Bluetooth Mouse. Otherwise, it will be pointless for students and other people that buy basic entry level iPads for everyday use.
 
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Now please fix the waste of screen space in Keynote. Th editing toolbar to the right takes up far too much space and makes the working area very small.
 
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Mainsail

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I just played around with a basic mouse in this updated version of iWork. It’s definitely useful. Maybe a trackpad is much better, but I am not going to drop $125 on a Magic Trackpad for my $250 iPad. I think a basic mouse will be fine for now.

If I owned an iPP, I would consider investing more in a Magic trackpad (or Magic keyboard).....but for the basic iPad a BT mouse will do the trick.
 
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now that iPad is becoming more and more like a laptop it should have 16 to 24 and maybe 32GB of RAM memory inside
6GB is fine for a phone but not the iPad
I never planned to use my phone as a computer unless they made an interface it plugs into to be able to use an external monitor, keyboard and mouse.
 
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apparatchik

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Better than MS Office?

For a lot of use cases it is, I do all my personal accounting in Numbers, for simple documents to be sent as PDF Pages is superior, easier to use and navigate than Word, and I have my documents at hand at all times at my Mac, my iPhone or any browser in an emergency at a internet café or someone else’s PC. All of this included in the hardware I have, no subscriptions, etc. The advantage of iWork and similar offerings, is that it does well what the majority of people need. The value that I would get from an O365 subscription will be substantially less than the price of admission, just like with Adobe’s Creative Cloud, the few times a year I need to open -not edit or tweak- an Illustrator file sent to me its just not worth it to suscribe to the service. More and more alternatives are coming up for these scenarios.
 
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For a lot of use cases it is, I do all my personal accounting in Numbers, for simple documents to be sent as PDF Pages is superior, easier to use and navigate than Word, and I have my documents at hand at all times at my Mac, my iPhone or any browser in an emergency at a internet café or someone else’s PC. All of this included in the hardware I have, no subscriptions, etc. The advantage of iWork and similar offerings, is that it does well what the majority of people need. The value that I would get from an O365 subscription will be substantially less than the price of admission, just like with Adobe’s Creative Cloud, the few times a year I need to open -not edit or tweak- an Illustrator file sent to me its just not worth it to suscribe to the service. More and more alternatives are coming up for these scenarios.
Yeah, I don’t really like subscriptions either. I don’t like that everything is becoming one. I think it’s purely psychological - you think it’s cheaper because it’s only a few $/£ a month, but it all adds up. I subscribe to Apple Music, but I’d still prefer to own things with one-off payments.

I use iWork too. Mainly because it’s free & I don’t need an account linked in order to use it like with MS Office/Office 365. It would be better if MS didn’t have a monopoly on the file formats used for office suites.
 
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Yeah, I don’t really like subscriptions either. I don’t like that everything is becoming one. I think it’s purely psychological - you think it’s cheaper because it’s only a few $/£ a month, but it all adds up. I subscribe to Apple Music, but I’d still prefer to own things with one-off payments.

I use iWork too. Mainly because it’s free & I don’t need an account linked in order to use it like with MS Office/Office 365. It would be better if MS didn’t have a monopoly on the file formats used for office suites.

The Office 365 subscription which obviously includes the World’s leading suite is cheaper that most sell cloud storage for (e.g iCloud, Dropbox etc.) and with Office 365i, every member of the family gets 1TB of cloud storage. I would never had gone the subscription route at one time, but now it’s the only way for me (music also). I appreciate if you can your stuff done without it that’s great, but that’ll become harder to achieve I think as time goes by.
 
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tubomac

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Great update to the best office suite (imho)

Now bring on the magic keyboard for iPad.

I really love iwork, especially “numbers” that I use with a lot of pleasure, every day, on my iPad or my Mac, but.....
I would like to have also scripting language. You can use AppleScript, of course (and I use, sometimes), but
it's far behind EXCEL, so unfortunately I HAVE to use it instead of “numbers”.
Different talk is “pages”. It's, in my opinion, the best word processing app, much easier and funny to use compared to “word”.
 
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The Office 365 subscription which obviously includes the World’s leading suite is cheaper that most sell cloud storage for (e.g iCloud, Dropbox etc.) and with Office 365i, every member of the family gets 1TB of cloud storage. I would never had gone the subscription route at one time, but now it’s the only way for me (music also). I appreciate if you can your stuff done without it that’s great, but that’ll become harder to achieve I think as time goes by.
It’s the idea that once you stop paying, you have nothing to show for it that bugs me.
Why is it now the only way for you (for office and music)? Do you think subscriptions will become the norm?
 
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I could not get into iwork but Ill try again. My wife really wants an ipad/magic keyboard 'laptop' and this looks like a game changer.
 
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The Office 365 subscription which obviously includes the World’s leading suite is cheaper that most sell cloud storage for (e.g iCloud, Dropbox etc.) and with Office 365i, every member of the family gets 1TB of cloud storage. I would never had gone the subscription route at one time, but now it’s the only way for me (music also). I appreciate if you can your stuff done without it that’s great, but that’ll become harder to achieve I think as time goes by.

Yep, but Keynote is on an higher level compared with Power Point, that is embarrassing. And I still prefer Pages over Word because of the “Publisher” functions available
 
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Joniz

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Is there a way to set up key commands such as having Cmd-Q take me out of Pages or Numbers and back to the Home screen? I know there’s Cmd-H, but switching back & forth between Mac & iOS makes having two different commands a pain.
 
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