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Hot on the heels of Apple’s surprise early release of the iOS 13 public beta, we’re getting another big update from the Cupertino giants. Apple’s entire iWork suite has been updated with new features!

iWork is Apple’s range of apps for office productivity. Pages, Numbers, and Keynote offer a distinctly Apple-flavored take on word processing, spreadsheets, and presentations, respectively – offering an alternative to Microsoft’s Word, Excel, and Powerpoint programs.

The apps are available completely free to Apple device owners, and all three have received significant updates both on iOS and macOS.

There is a suite of improvements and additions, most notably including extended Apple Pencil support and a clever face-recognition system that helps with image layout. There’s also a much better formatting system offering new text stylization options like outline adjustments and gradient fills, and users can now add words to the apps’ in-built spellcheck dictionary.

Beyond those features are a series of quality-of-life adjustments to improve master slides, chart creation, book templates, page layout, presentation collaboration, and more. There are too many small changes to list, but if you’ve ever hit up against a limitation of Pages, Numbers, or Keynote, now might be the time to update the apps and see whether your specific issue has been solved.

All three apps are available immediately as free downloads on the App Store.

Pages

Numbers

Keynote

Oh, and if you’re new to the iWork suite, make sure to check out our beginners’ guides to learn the basics: Pages 101; Numbers 101; Keynote 101.