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

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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Apple Stops Signing iOS 13.3.1 Following Release of iOS 13.4

Following the release of iOS 13.4 on March 24, Apple has stopped signing iOS 13.3.1, which means downgrading to that version of iOS is no longer possible.

iOS 13.3.1 was a minor update that added a toggle for disabling the U1 chip in Apple's iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max.

Apple routinely stops signing older versions of software updates after new releases come out in order to encourage customers to keep their operating systems up to date.

iOS 13.4 is the current publicly available version of iOS, with the update bringing a new Mail toolbar, iCloud Folder Sharing, new Memoji stickers, trackpad support on iPad, and more.

Developers can also download iOS 13.4.5, an upcoming update with bug fixes and a new option to share Apple Music songs on Instagram Stories.
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Apple to Continue Paying Contract Workers While Campuses Are Shuttered

Contract workers at Apple's Silicon Valley campuses will continue to be paid their normal wages while Santa Clara County's shelter in place order is in effect, an Apple spokesperson told The Wall Street Journal today.


The announcement was a departure from Apple's original plans. Over the last few days, hundreds of contract workers were told that their jobs would be suspended without pay, but Apple appears to have reversed course on that decision.

Apple's contract workers include janitors, bus drivers, and other individuals who perform similar functions on its Apple Park and Infinite Loop locations.
On Monday, in response to an inquiry from The Wall Street Journal, a spokeswoman said the janitors' pay would continue. "We're working with all of our suppliers to ensure hourly workers such as janitorial staff are being paid during this difficult time," spokeswoman Kristin Huguet said after the Journal's inquiry about the job elimination notices.
It appears that many contractors were mistakenly informed that their jobs would be suspended, and it's not clear why. One janitor at Apple's campus, Patricia Cortez, was called into an Apple office on Sunday alongside colleagues and told that her job had been eliminated.

Bus drivers were also concerned about payment as Apple had not told WeDriveU and Hallcon Corp, two companies who manage Apple's shuttle service, whether contracts would be paid.

Apple previously said that it is paying all of its hourly workers, such as retail employees and cafeteria staff, but had not previously confirmed that it was going to continue paying contractors.

Apple's Silicon Valley campuses will be shut down until at least May 3 due to the extension of the shelter in place order in the Bay Area. Apple's retail stores in the United States and other countries outside of China also remain closed, though some could begin opening as soon as the first half of April.
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Apple Updates iWork Apps for Mac With iCloud Folder Sharing and Other New Features

Apple today updated Pages, Numbers, and Keynote, its iWork apps designed for the Mac, to version 10.0 with a new set of features. The updates add support for iCloud Folder Sharing for collaborative files with macOS 10.15.4 installed, plus there are options to edit shared documents offline.


There are also new templates and editable shapes to work with, a redesigned template chooser, and an option to add color, gradients, and images to the background of any document. Each app's release notes are below.

Pages Release Notes



  • 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 macOS 10.15.4.

  • 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.

  • Easily access your 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.

  • Enhance your documents with a variety of new, editable shapes.

Numbers Release Notes



  • Create spreadsheets with more rows and columns than ever before.

  • Apply a color to a background of a sheet.

  • Add a Numbers spreadsheet to a shared ‌iCloud Drive‌ to automatically start collaborating. Requires macOS 10.15.4.

  • Edit shared spreadsheets while offline and your changes will upload when you're back online.

  • 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.

Keynote Release Notes



  • Add a Keynote presentation to a shared ‌iCloud Drive‌ to automatically start collaborating. Requires macOS 10.15.4.

  • Edit shared presentations while offline and your changes will upload when you're back online.

  • Select from a variety of gorgeous new themes to help you get started.

  • Easily access your recently used themes in a redesigned template 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


Apple does not appear to have released updates to its iWork for iOS apps, so the new features are limited to the Mac versions at this time. All of the new updates can be downloaded from the Mac App Store.
Apple's iWork for Mac apps are all free downloads.
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New iOS 13.4.5 Beta Adds Option for Sharing Apple Music Songs on Instagram and Facebook Stories

Apple today released the first betas of upcoming iOS and iPadOS 13.4.5 updates, and while the new software appears to focus primarily on bug fixes, there's at least one new feature.


When listening to a song in Apple Music, tapping on the Share button and then selecting Instagram creates generates a Story with the song title and album name, plus a matching animated background.

9to5Mac says that once a song is shared on Instagram, other people should be able to tap on the song name and then listen to it in the ‌Apple Music‌ app, but we were unable to get this feature to work, perhaps because the feature is still being beta tested.

Spotify has a similar feature where song titles can be shared on Instagram in a Story that displays album artwork and a matching background, but no music plays and there's a very small clickable link to open a song in Spotify, so it's possible the ‌Apple Music‌ feature will work similarly.

The same steps listed above can be used to share songs on Facebook by choosing the Facebook app instead of the Instagram app.
Related Roundups: iOS 13, iPadOS

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Apple Offering Work-From-Home Support Roles to Some Geniuses and Technical Specialists

Apple has recently contacted some Genius and Technical Specialist employees in the U.S. with an opportunity to work from home as a support advisor on a temporary basis due to the ongoing pandemic, according to a source familiar with the matter.


Retail employees who accept this offer will receive the necessary equipment from Apple to offer sales and technical support to customers, as well as a small cash incentive, our source noted. It is unclear how long this at-home role will last, how many employees have been offered this opportunity, or if it is being offered in any other countries.

Jon Prosser of the YouTube channel Front Page Tech has also relayed this news today, noting that participating employees each receive an iMac.


With thousands of Apple retail employees that are already well trained with sales and support currently sitting at home, this move makes sense, and will help alleviate the workload of Apple's existing at-home advisors.

Related Roundup: Apple Stores

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Blackmagic eGPU Pro Temporarily Unavailable From Apple’s Online Store

Apple is temporarily sold out of the Blackmagic eGPU Pro, an eGPU option that it offers alongside its Mac machines.


Priced at $1,199, the Blackmagic eGPU Pro first came out in October 2018 alongside refreshed Mac mini and MacBook Air models, and it has been sold by Apple since then.

Blackmagic told MacRumors that the eGPU Pro is temporarily out of stock and has not been discontinued. The company provided no details on why the device is unavailable at this time, but supply shortages and production disruptions are a likely cause.

At this time, the standard $699 Blackmagic eGPU remains available for purchase, and it's just the higher-end Pro model that is temporarily unavailable.

Other Apple products like select iPads and custom configured Macs are also experiencing longer than normal shipping times.
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Apple Acquires Weather App Dark Sky

Apple has acquired weather app Dark Sky, Dark Sky's developers announced today. Dark Sky is one of the most popular weather apps on the App Store, known for its accuracy and storm warnings.
Our goal has always been to provide the world with the best weather information possible, to help as many people as we can stay dry and safe, and to do so in a way that respects your privacy.

There is no better place to accomplish these goals than at Apple. We're thrilled to have the opportunity to reach far more people, with far more impact, than we ever could alone.
There will be no changes to the Dark Sky for iOS app, and it will continue to be available for purchase in the ‌App Store‌. Apple does not appear to be making the app free at this time, and it continues to be priced at $3.99.

In the future, Apple could be planning to build Dark Sky into its own weather app, which relies on data from The Weather Channel at this time.

Dark Sky features include minute-by-minute weather predictions based on precise location, hour-by-hour weather forecasts for the next day and week, detailed weather animations, and advanced notification updates that include down-to-the-minute alerts before rain starts and severe weather alerts. The app also includes a Today Widget, a Time Machine feature so you can see weather in the past or present, and an Apple Watch app.

Dark Sky for Android and Wear OS is being discontinued on July 1, 2020. The website's weather forecasts, maps, and embeds will be available until July 1, 2020, and the website itself will remain available in support of API and iOS app customers.

Dark Sky says its API service for existing customers is not changing, but new signups will no longer be accepted. The API will work through the end of 2021, but after that time, developers will need to find another solution. The end of Dark Sky's API will impact other popular weather apps like Carrot, which uses the Dark Sky API.
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Apple Seeds First Beta of iOS and iPadOS 13.4.5 to Developers

Apple today seeded the first betas of upcoming iOS and iPadOS 13.4.5 updates to developers, one week after releasing iOS and iPadOS 13.4 with iCloud Folder Sharing, iPad trackpad support, and more.


iOS and ‌‌iPadOS‌‌ 13.4.1 can be downloaded from the Apple Developer center or over the air once the proper developer profile has been installed. There's no word on why Apple decided to use iOS 13.4.5 as the beta update number instead of iOS 13.4.1.

We don't yet know what's included in the iOS 13.4.5 update, but it likely focuses on bug fixes for issues unable to be addressed in the iOS 13.4 update.

Specifically, it could address an issue with Personal Hotspot that prevents it from working properly for some users, or a privacy bug with VPNs. Apple said it would fix both of these problem in upcoming updates.

Once we download the update and take a look at what's new, we'll update this article.
Related Roundups: iOS 13, iPadOS

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Apple Seeds First Beta of Upcoming macOS Catalina 10.15.5 Update to Developers

Apple today seeded the first beta of an upcoming macOS Catalina 10.15.5 update to developers for testing purposes, one week after releasing macOS Catalina 10.15.4 with Screen Time Communication Limits, iCloud Folder Sharing, and real-time Apple Music lyrics.


The new ‌‌‌macOS Catalina‌‌‌ beta can be downloaded using the Software Update mechanism in System Preferences after installing the proper software from the Developer Center.

We don't know what improvements the fifth update to ‌‌‌macOS Catalina‌‌‌ will bring, but it likely includes performance improvements, security updates, and fixes for bugs that weren't able to be addressed in the ‌macOS Catalina‌ 10.15.4 update.
Related Roundup: macOS Catalina

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