Pages, Numbers, and Keynote apps for iPad now support Apple Pencil hovers

Apple today updated its Pages, Numbers, and Keynote apps for iPad with Apple Pencil hover support. Apple says this feature “makes it easier to navigate, write, sketch and illustrate with greater precision” on the latest 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro.

The latest iPad Pro models can recognize the second-generation Apple Pencil while it hovers up to 12mm above the display, allowing users to preview their drawing before creating it. And for the Scribble feature, which converts handwriting to text on iPad, text fields expand automatically as the Apple Pencil is moved across the screen.

The Apple Pencil hover gained tilt and azimuth support with iPadOS 16.4, which released earlier this week. Apple recently discussed the feature in an interview.

Pages, Numbers, and Keynote received a few other improvements on both iOS and macOS, including bug fixes and the ability to export and send a copy of a document, spreadsheet, or presentation in a different format from the Share menu. The updates are available free of charge from the App Store and the Mac App Store.

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