Apple launches updated Keynote along side new iPad 3

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

The details are still a bit sketchy, so this story will be updated when we know more, but Apple today announced the new iPad 3 and with that, they’ve updated the entire iWork suite for the iPad.

Apple has yet to post information on what changes or additions have made it into Keynote or the rest of the iWork suite, but with all that processing power and screen resolution, we expect to see more visual effects and hopefully more features that bring it into line with the desktop version of Keynote. Hopefully, those with iPads 2s (or iPad 1s) can still get the new features, or at least as many as the processor can handle.

Update: Apple has released the update. It requires iOS 5.1 but does not require an iPad 3 (or The New iPad as Apple is calling it).

Here are the changes listed in the App Store:

  • Create and view stunning 3D bar, like, area and pie charts
  • Animate your 3D charts with Crane, Grow, Radial, Rotate & Grow, and Z Axis builds
  • Keynote 1.6 is enhanced to take advantage of the Retina display on the new iPad
  • Use new builds and transitions including Iris, Shimmer, Wipe, Flame, Perspective, Swing, Object Push, Object Zoom, and Fade Through Color

That’s the good news. The bad news isn’t all that bad. We’ve upgraded and looked through, and on an iPad 2, not all of those new features are available…but it appears that only two transitions are missing:¬†Shimmer and Flame. We can live with that.