September has been very exciting. Apple announced the new iPhone 13 and 13 Pro smartphones along with the 9th Gen iPad and the iPad Mini. This was followed by the public release of the much-awaited iOS 15 for all compatible devices. Now, Apple’s iWork suite, which includes Pages, Keynote, and Numbers, was upgraded with a slew of new features that should help the remote work community, among other things. The ability to have a live camera feed of the Keynote presenter display in the top corner of the screen, similar to how you see yourself when on a FaceTime or Zoom conversation, is one of the key new additions. This is intended to improve engagement when giving a presentation to a group of people who would otherwise simply see the pre-made slides and hear your voice.
For a more beautiful aesthetic, live video objects can be easily scaled or modified using masks, frames, drop shadows, and reflections. Users using Macs can connect additional external cameras to improve the live video experience, and they can even project the screen of a linked iPhone or iPad directly onto a slide for live, interactive demos. Everyone can now effortlessly control a shared slideshow right from their iPhone, iPad, or Mac thanks to a new multi-presenter option. Multiple users can take turns forwarding slides, whether they are in the same room or presenting remotely. When a user is through with their slides, they may either hand control back to the host or let another co-presenter take over to continue the group presentation in a seamless manner.
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Pages will get a better optimised iOS experience, according to Apple, which includes naturally expanding text and pictures to make viewing documents on the move smoother than before.
Apple touts two new significant features in Numbers: pivot tables and radar charts, which the company describes as “users can quickly summarise, group, and rearrange data to identify and analyse patterns and trends” with “the resulting pivot table appearing in a clear layout that makes it easy for the user to read and gain insights” for the former.
“A new chart type that makes it easier to visually compare many variables with similarities shown as overlapping areas, allowing differences and outliers to really jump out,” Apple says of radar charts. Keynote, Pages, and Numbers come free on every new iPhone, iPad, and Mac.