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Apple updates iWork with Apple Pencil support, book creation and more

Pages, Numbers, and Keynote get Apple Pencil support and more.

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Apple during its education event announced important changes to the iWork suite of apps. The company previewed new features coming to Pages, Numbers, and Keynote across iOS, macOS, and iCloud.

With the launch of new 9.7-inch iPad with Apple Pencil support, Apple has extended the Pencil support to iWork as well. As a result, users can now draw, sketch or write with Apple Pencil directly in their Pages, Numbers, and Keynote apps. A new feature called Smart Annotations (currently in beta) in Pages allows users to incorporate feedback in a document using Apple Pencil. The cool thing about this smart feature is whatever you write with the pencil dynamically anchors to text.

“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. “With Apple Pencil support on iPad, the new Pages, Numbers and Keynote apps now let students bring a whole new level of creativity to their documents, spreadsheets and presentations, while the innovative new Smart Annotation feature gives students the ability to give, receive and incorporate feedback easier than ever before. Students can also use the built-in, real-time collaboration tools available in iWork to explore and learn together.”

Apple iWork Pencil Editing

Another new change in iWork relates to Pages specifically. Pages for iOS and macOS allows users to create books, including short stories to travel books. The app has a variety of customizable templates to offer. Furthermore, it also supports real-time collaboration among classmates or colleagues to create books together on iPad, iPhone, Mac and iCloud. It can be directly published to iBooks as well.

Well, there’s more. Pages in iWork has a new Presenter Mode, which can transform the device into a virtual teleprompter for distraction-free reading. All these updates are available now on the App Store and Mac App Store. Update now!

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macOS Mojave 10.14.3 supplemental update fixes Group FaceTime bug on Mac

No more eavesdropping on Mac, too!

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Apple pushed macOS Mojave 10.14.3 software update to Mac users. The supplemental update follows the Group FaceTime eavesdropping bug fix that arrived on iPhone and iPad through iOS 12.1.4.

macOS 10.14.3 includes fixes for the embarrassing FaceTime bug, and the Live Photos issue that Apple uncovered during a thorough security audit of the FaceTime service. Not to forget that the bug-free Group FaceTime feature is available only on the latest iOS and macOS release, so staying on older firmware will not help here.

Apart from these bug fixes, the software update packs under-the-hood improvements, too. You can grab the supplemental update from the Mac App Store today. Simply head over to System Preferences –> Software Update and you’re good to install the update.

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Apple releases iOS 12.1.4 with Group FaceTime Eavsdroping B​ug Fix

No more eavesdropping now!

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Apple has issued iOS 12.1.4 to the public. The software update addresses the Group FaceTime eavesdropping bug, which surfaced last week.

The eavesdropping bug allowed users to listen to other user’s conversation without their knowledge. What’s even more scary is the bug also transmitted the video feed to the caller when the user tried to ignore the call.

In response to this FaceTime bug, Apple quickly disabled the Group FaceTime feature to avoid people from being vulnerable. The company promised to air a fix to this eavesdropping bug last week, and now it’s alive in the form of iOS 12.1.4.

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Available for: iPhone 5s and later, iPad Air and later, and iPod touch 6th generation

Impact: The initiator of a Group FaceTime call may be able to cause the recipient to answer

Description: A logic issue existed in the handling of Group FaceTime calls. The issue was addressed with improved state management.

CVE-2019-6223: Grant Thompson of Catalina Foothills High School, Daven Morris of Arlington, TX

Apple formally credited Grant Thompson of Catalina Foothills High School and Daven Morris of Arlington, TX for reporting the bug initially. The company will be compensating the Thompson family for finding and reporting the bug, with an additional scholarship for Thompson’s education.

In addition to addressing the FaceTime bug, Apple has also fixed a previously unidentified vulnerability in the Live Photos feature of FaceTime. The Live Photos bug was uncovered when Apple made a thorough security audit of the FaceTime service. The feature remains disabled on older versions of iOS to ensure users are on the latest release of the software for a safer and secure experience.

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iOS 12.1.3 now available, fixes HomePod, iPad Pro bugs, and more

One minor update that fixes issues affecting Messages, HomePod, iPad Pro, and CarPlay.

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Apple has released iOS 12.1.3 today. The software update is the fifth update to iOS 12 since its September launch, which follows December’s iPhone-only iOS 12.1.2 update as well.

iOS 12.1.3 is a minor update, though it fixes a handful of bugs affecting the iPad Pro, HomePod, and CarPlay. One of such fixes includes the audio distortion when using external audio input devices on iPad Pro. It also fixes an issue on HomePod that could cause the device to restart or that could cause Siri to stop listening. Full release notes for iOS 12.1.3 are listed below.

This update:
● Fixes an issue in Messages that could impact scrolling through photos in the Details view.
● Address an issue where photos could have striped artifacts after being sent from the Share Sheet
● Fixes an issue that may cause audio distortion when using external audio input devices on iPad Pro (2018)
● Resolves an issue that could cause certain CarPlay systems to disconnect from iPhone XR, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Max.

This release also includes bug fixes for HomePod.

This update:
● Fixes an issue that could cause HomePod to restart
● Addresses an issue that could cause Siri to stop listening

Eligible iOS devices can grab the OTA update from Settings > General > Software Update. iPhone users will be updating from iOS 12.1.2 to iOS 12.1.3, while iPad users will be updating from iOS 12.1.1.

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