Following the launch of iOS 12 yesterday Apple is now rolling out updates for its iOS and Mac with new features that were demonstrated on stage at the WWDC 2018 event.

Apple News and GarageBand for iOS, and Pages and Numbers apps for iOS and Mac devices are receiving updates today with new great features.

Apple News iOS app update (version 4.0)

Apple News iOS app version 4.0

The Apple News app is getting a brand new design “to make it easier to discover new channels and topics.” The iPad version of the app now has a sidebar while the iPhone Apple News app gets a new Channels tab to quickly access your favorite news source.

Download Apple News v4.0 on App Store [→ Direct link].


GarageBand iOS app update (version 2.3.6)

The GarageBand app update for iPhone and iPad devices adds “collection of Touch Instrument and Drummer Apple Loops”, support for MIDI files and bug fixes.

GarageBand iOS v2.3.6 changelog:

  • Includes a collection of Touch Instrument and Drummer Apple Loops, which allow you to continue shaping their sound and performance after adding them to your project
  • Supports import and playback of MIDI files
  • This update contains stability improvements and bug fixes

Download GarageBand for free from the App Store [→ Direct link].


Pages update for iOS (v4.2) and Mac (v7.2)

Pages iOS app

Apple’s word processing app Pages is receiving a big update on both iOS and Mac platforms. While the iOS app gets support for animated drawings in documents, Siri Shortcuts, and more; the macOS app gets support for Dark Mode, Continuity camera, and the ability record, edit and play audio directly in a document.

Pages iOS v4.2 changelog:

  • Animate your drawings and watch them come to life in a document or book.
  • When using Smart Annotation, lines connecting text to annotations in the side margins stretch and move with edits. 
  • Annotations now anchor to table cells.
  • Easily save drawings to Photos or Files, or share them with others.
  • Support for Siri Shortcuts. Requires iOS 12.
  • Adjust the line spacing before and after a paragraph, and set the width for columns of text.
  • Pages now supports Dynamic Type.
  • Enhance your documents with a variety of new editable shapes.
  • Performance and stability improvements.

Pages macOS v7.2 changelog:

  • Easily record, edit, and play audio right on a page.
  • Support for Dark Mode gives Pages a dramatic dark look. Toolbars and menus recede into the background so you can focus on your content. Requires macOS Mojave.
  • Support for Continuity Camera allows you to take a photo or scan a document with your iPhone and have it automatically appear in your document on your Mac. Requires macOS Mojave and iOS 12.
  • Enhance your documents with a variety of new editable shapes.
  • Performance and stability improvements.

Download Pages for free on the App Store [iOS | macOS]


Numbers update for iOS (v4.2) and macOS (v5.2)

Numbers iOS app

Lastly, the Numbers app for iOS and macOS has also received a huge update with features such as Smart Categories, Data Grouping, Charts, Siri Shortcuts, and more in the iOS app; and additionally Dark Mode, Continuity Camera features in the macOS app.

Numbers iOS app v4.2 changelog:

  • Use Smart Categories to quickly organize and summarize tables to gain new insights.
  • Group your data based on unique values and date ranges, including day of week, day, week, month, quarter, and year.
  • Instantly show count, subtotal, average, maximum, and minimum values for columns in each group.
  • Create charts of your summarized data.
  • Easily reorder categories to see your data in a different way.
  • Easily save drawings to Photos or Files, or share them with others.
  • Support for Siri Shortcuts. Requires iOS 12.
  • Numbers now supports Dynamic Type.
  • Enhance your spreadsheets with a variety of new editable shapes.
  • Performance and stability improvements.

Numbers macOS app v5.2 changelog:

  • Use Smart Categories to quickly organize and summarize tables to gain new insights.
  • Group your data based on unique values and date ranges, including day of week, day, week, month, quarter, and year.
  • Instantly show count, subtotal, average, maximum, and minimum values for columns in each group.
  • Create charts of your summarized data.
  • Easily reorder categories to see your data in a different way.
  • Support for Dark Mode gives Numbers a dramatic dark look. Toolbars and menus recede into the background so you can focus on your content. Requires macOS Mojave.
  • Support for Continuity Camera allows you to take a photo or scan a document with your iPhone and have it automatically appear in your spreadsheet on your Mac. Requires macOS Mojave and iOS 12.
  • Easily record, edit, and play audio right in a spreadsheet.
  • Enhance your spreadsheets with a variety of new editable shapes.
  • Performance and stability improvements.

Download Pages for free on the App Store [iOS macOS]

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