Apple's Pages Version For iOS Not As Good As Pages OS X Version

By Sumit Passary email: s.passary@mobilenapps.com | Dec 24, 2012 09:31 AM EST

Share This Story

  • Print
  • Email

Apple's Pages app, which is similar to Microsoft's Word, provides ease of use when it comes to using documents on iCloud and transferring documents between mobile iDevices and desktop. However, a recent report suggests that Pages for iOS is still lagging behind the Pages for Mac version.

Follow us

A recent report from Gigaom indicates that even though Apple has recently updated iWork suite of apps for iOS, some of the improvements are only half way implemented.

The Gigaom report claims that previous versions of Pages for iOS do not show any sort of change tracking, which makes the app useless for users who want track changes on their documents. However, the latest version 1.7 brings change tracking but the feature is poorly implemented, making it almost useless.

Users can review and accept changes to documents on the iOS device but cannot use comments. This is not ideal for reviewers or editors who use this feature on a regular basis.

Editing on the iPhone 5 is slightly better because of the bigger 4-inch screen and users can change margins and have my rows of text on the screen in landscape mode. However, performing detailed tasks is much easier on the iPad or the iPad mini.

iOS version of Pages lags behind OS X version of Pages as the styles still remains partially implemented. Users can choose from a list of styles, but they cannot create their own style. Users cannot update a style if they want the font to be different, but font can be changed manually.

"Tables of contents also remain elusive, which can be a problem if you've made significant edits to a document and need to update the TOC," reported Gigaom.

Users may accept that Apple Pages does not have feature parity with Microsoft Word but the discrepancies of features between the iOS and OS X version may make things difficult for customers, especially as they work on documents from both portable devices and desktop.

"Pages for iOS still lags far behind the OS X version of the app. Since we're clearly past the myth of iPads existing only as consumption devices, and more professionals are eschewing laptops for iPads, I think Apple needs to seriously step up its game with its iOS iWork offerings," Gigaom said.

Do you use Pages on iOS and OS X? What do you think of the app?

Get the Most Popular Mobile&Apps Stories in a Weekly Newsletter

© 2014 Mobile & Apps All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.

Join Our Conversation

Smartphones
T-Mobile Samsung Gear S Samsung Gear S 3G smartwatch gets wearable-specific data plan on T-Mobile – Prices & options
‘World’s narrowest’ FHD smartphone display from LG is virtually bezel-free
Samsung Galaxy A3, Galaxy A5 break cover with full-metal unibody designs & more (VIDEO)
Droid Turbo global version launching on Nov. 5 as Moto Maxx?
Tablet / Laptop / PC
Dell Venue 7 and Venue 8 Dell unveils Venue 7 and Venue 8 Android 4.3 Jelly Bean tablets
Retina iPad Mini facing delays, may not launch until early next year
Refurbished 128GB iPad with Retina Display now available on the Apple Online Store
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 – 2014 Edition: Pricing and availability now official
Gadgets
Amazon Logo Amazon reportedly to launch ‘Firetube’ set-top box before 2013 holidays
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear India launch: Pricing and availability
Samsung Galaxy Gear Android smartwatch now up for pre-order in Canada
Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 reportedly in the works already, may debut at CES or MWC 2014
OS / Software
HTC Logo HTC reportedly considering Android/Windows Phone dual-booting smartphone as Microsoft pushes for deeper Windows mobile integration
iOS 7 Chrome Incognito mode leaks private searches due to bug
Sprint HTC One Android 4.3 Jelly Bean already rolling out, AT&T, T-Mobile & Verizon to follow
Microsoft Windows 8.1 now available for pre-order
Internet / Social Media
Google Downtime Google blacks out for two minutes, causes 40 percent drop in world’s Internet traffic
Xbox Music web player is live and ready for Xbox Music Pass subscribers
Facebook Android app collected phone numbers even if users never logged in
Firefox 22 brings support for web video calls, 3D gaming, and Unreal Engine 3
What's App
Flipboard for Windows Phone Flipboard for Windows Phone finally available, but requires 1GB of RAM (VIDEO)
Vine gets major update, lets you upload previously-shot videos & more (VIDEO)
BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) finally hits Windows Phone – Available as a free download now
Instagram releases Bolt ephemeral messaging app in select markets to challenge Snapchat
Copyright © 2014 Mobile & Apps All rights reserved. mobilenapps
Real Time Analytics