Apple has released updates for its iWork suite of apps for macOS Big Sur. These include design updates to Pages, Numbers and Keynote for macOS Big Sur, along with stability and performance improvements.
Pages, Numbers and Keynote get design updates for macOS Big Sur
All three apps have new icons, which follow the macOS Big Sur squircle style, however, we are not sure if we are fond of the new look.
Apple has only provided the following same release notes in the Mac App Store listings for these three apps:
- Refined new design on macOS Big Sur
- Stability and performance improvements
The design has the same minimalistic look as before but feels a bit more colorful and features transparency like the rest of macOS Big Sur. However, if you do not like looking at plain white toolbars, you still will not like the design refresh. On the other hand, Microsoft’s Office apps all have a unique color for their title bars, which makes them easily identifiable at a quick glance. It will be interesting to see if Microsoft will make any design changes to its Office apps to following macOS Big Sur’s new design style. The company has already released a major design refresh for Outlook for Mac, which matches macOS Big Sur’s design very well.
Apple also released updates to its iPhone and iPad versions of Pages, Keynote, and Numbers, with just stability and performance improvements. Apple has done a good job of keeping feature parity between its various platforms for iWork apps.