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Apple updates Pages, Keynote, and Numbers for the first time in six months

Apple updates iWork apps to version 12.0

Apple released a relatively small update to its iWork suite of apps that includes Pages, Keynote, and Numbers.

The word processing application Pages now has the ability to publish directly to Apple Books with file sizes up to 2GB. Users also get more options for placing page numbers and setting font size.

The Pages app on iOS also gains new quick launch actions from the app icon. Long press on the icon to create a new document right from the home screen.

The spreadsheet application Numbers has been updated with the ability to capture snapshots of table cells without formulas, categories, or hidden values. The ability to adjust font size up to two decimal places has also been added.

Both Numbers and Pages gained more VoiceOver controls. Pages can read comments and track changes while Numbers can create formulas and fill cells using the accessibility feature.

Keynote has gained the ability to enlarge slides to a maximum zoom level of 400%. The ability to change font sizes more precisely has also been added.

All three apps gain Shortcut support on macOS. The new Shortcut actions let users create new Numbers, Pages, or Keynote documents, add rows to a Numbers spreadsheet, or start a Keynote presentation.

Apple's iWork apps will update automatically to version 12.0, or users can visit the App Store and force the update to occur right away. Apple includes Pages, Keynote, and Numbers with any iPhone, iPad, or Mac as a free pre-installed application.