Apple significantly updated iWork today for the people who haven't yet transitioned to Google apps, particularly in the education space. "With Apple Pencil, advanced yet easy-to-use tools allow all users, from students to professionals, to bring their documents to life with drawings, illustrations, diagrams and more".
Not only does Apple Pencil functionality open the door to features that one might expect - drawing and note taking, for example - but this functionality is paired with a new feature called Smart Annotation. Any comments will anchor to the specific text.
Apple is now beta testing the feature in iOS 11.3.
Indeed, numerous functions that allow professionals to share their work with collaborators and colleagues are also suited to sharing between students and their peers or tutors.
Pages users will now also be able to create interactive digital books.
"iWork is a powerful suite of apps designed for iPhone, iPad and Mac that is used in classrooms around the world", said Susan Prescott, Apple's vice president of Apps Product Marketing. Users can collaborate in real time with their classmates or colleagues to create books together on iPad, iPhone, Mac and iCloud.com. These books can then be viewed within the iBooks app. The text can be made to auto-scroll at an adjustable speed and can be customized further during text playback.
The iWork suite of apps is available for free on iOS and macOS. This enables users to write directly on documents and presentations, making notes and adding captions where they please.