Like its Mac OS sibling, Pages for iOS is a completely redesigned app that brings to your iOS device the same set of tools and features as the desktop version of the app. This marks a significant—and some have said dumbed down—change to what is possible with Pages on all of your devices. The bottom line is this: there is now no noticeable difference between all of Apple’s Pages app. Each works in almost exactly the same way, offers the same set of features, supports the same file formats, and make it possible for you to bounce, with very little effort, from one app to the next.
It’s important to note that, while all of the apps support the same file formats and the same sets of features, there are differences in the way you interact with documents using each of the apps. In some cases, because of font limitations related to iOS, if you started creating your document on a Mac, it may not be an exact replicas on your iOS device.
Each of these apps ships with the same 60 templates provided with the desktop app. These work as a convenient and beautiful starting point for your documents. I was disappointed to find that the iOS apps lack the Mac version’s option to remove body text from a document, which turns a normal word processing document into a page layout canvas. If you want to use this feature you’ll need to remove the body text on the Mac before you can take advantage of it on your iOS devices.
Pages for iPad
Working with Pages on an iPad is as easy as working with Pages on a Mac and I can see many people using this version instead of, rather than in addition to the Mac version.