Keynote for macOS
Developer(s)Apple Inc.
Initial releaseJanuary 7, 2003; 19 years ago (2003-01-07)
Stable release
12.2 / October 31, 2022; 59 days ago (2022-10-31)[1]
Operating systemmacOS 11.0 or later
Keynote for iOS and iPadOS
Developer(s)Apple Inc.
Initial release2010
Stable release
12.2 / October 31, 2022; 59 days ago (2022-10-31)[2]
Operating system
Available in33 languages
List of languages
Arabic, Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Traditional Chinese, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese

Keynote is a presentation software application developed as a part of the iWork productivity suite by Apple Inc.[3] Version 10 of Keynote for Mac, the latest major update, was released in March 2020. On January 27, 2010, Apple announced a new version of Keynote for iPad with an all-new touch interface. It is now also available for the iPhone to download from the App Store.[4]


Keynote began as a computer program for Apple CEO Steve Jobs to use in creating the presentations for Macworld Conference and Expo and other Apple keynote events.[5] Prior to using Keynote, Jobs had used Concurrence, from Lighthouse Design, a similar product which ran on the NeXTSTEP and OPENSTEP platforms.[6]

The program was first sold publicly as Keynote 1.0 in 2003, competing against existing presentation software, most notably Microsoft PowerPoint.[7]

In 2005, Apple began selling Keynote 2.0 in conjunction with Pages, a new word processing and page layout application, in a software package called iWork. At the Macworld Conference & Expo 2006, Apple released iWork '06 with updated versions of Keynote 3.0 and Pages 2.0. In addition to official HD compatibility, Keynote 3 added new features, including group scaling, 3D charts, multi-column text boxes, auto bullets in any text field, image adjustments, and free-form masking tools. In addition, Keynote features three-dimensional transitions, such as a rotating cube or a simple flip of the slide.

In the fall of 2007, Apple released Keynote 4.0 in iWork '08, along with Pages 3.0 and the new Numbers spreadsheet application.

On October 23, 2013, Apple redesigned Keynote with version 6.0, and made it free for anyone with a new iOS device or a recently purchased Mac.[8]


Keynote Remote

Keynote Remote was an iOS application that controlled Keynote presentations from an iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad over a Wi-Fi network or Bluetooth connection and was released through the App Store.[10] With the release of Keynote for iOS, the app was integrated into the new Keynote application and the stand-alone app was withdrawn.[11]

Version history

Version number Release date Changes
1.0 January 7, 2003 Initial release.[7]
1.1 June 4, 2003 Various enhancements to improve functionality and compatibility.
1.1.1 October 28, 2003 Improved stability and several user experience enhancements and much more user-friendly.
2.0 January 11, 2005 Released as part of the new iWork 05 package.[12] Includes new transitions/animations, 20 new themes, new presenter tools, and improved export options, including export to Flash.
2.0.1 March 21, 2005 Addressed isolated issues that may have affected reliability.
2.0.2 May 25, 2005 Addressed isolated issues that may have affected reliability.
3.0 January 10, 2006 A new version was released as part of the iWork '06 package.[13] Includes new transitions/animations, new themes, and graphics. Also compiled to run natively on both PowerPC and Intel processors as a universal binary.
3.0.1 April 4, 2006 This update to Keynote 3.0 addresses issues with three-dimensional charts and textures. It also addresses several other minor issues.
3.0.2 September 28, 2006 This update is for Keynote 3.0.1 and addresses compatibility for accessing Aperture 1.5 content in Keynote.
4.0 August 7, 2007 A new version was released as part of the iWork '08 package.[14] New text effects, new transitions, Instant Alpha, Smart Builds.
4.0.1 September 27, 2007 Addresses issues with builds and performance.
4.0.2 January 29, 2008 This update primarily addresses performance issues while playing or exporting presentations.
4.0.3 April 3, 2008 This update addresses performance and stability issues when working with large documents.
4.0.4 February 2, 2009 This update addresses compatibility issues with Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007 and Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2008 as well as general compatibility issues.
5.0 January 6, 2009 Released as a part of the new iWork '09 package, it includes new chart animations, "Magic Move" and support for the Keynote Remote iPhone/iPod Touch application.[15]
5.0.1 March 26, 2009 Improves reliability when deleting Keynote files, copying slides between presentations, or working with transitions and builds.
5.0.2 May 28, 2009 Improves reliability when saving documents and when playing presentations more than once per Keynote session.
5.0.3 September 28, 2009 Improves reliability with exporting to GarageBand, drag and drop, and animations.
5.0.4 September 2010 Fixes issues in Keynote.
5.0.5 January 5, 2011 Allows playback of Keynote presentations on, with over 15 animations and effects, when using the latest version of Safari. Addresses an issue with the Drop transition, Dissolve build and shape colors. Addresses an issue with rulers. Adds support for Keynote Remote 1.2*, including high-resolution slides for the Retina display.
5.1 July 20, 2011 Adds support for OS X Lion, including Full-Screen, Resume, Auto Save, Versions, and Character picker. Improves Microsoft Office Compatibility. Adds new builds: Anvil and Fall Apart.
Removes the ability to export movies with transparency.
5.1.1 December 1, 2011 Addresses issues that occur when working with large Keynote presentations on Mac OS X Lion and includes improvements in stability and accessibility.
5.2 July 25, 2012 Adds support for iCloud documents and dictation. Takes advantage of Retina displays.
5.3 December 4, 2012 Adds support for Keynote for iOS 6
6.0 October 22, 2013 Released as part of iWork for Mac which has been re-engineered from scratch, according to Apple, in 64-bit, and with iCloud syncing capability. Many features were removed.
6.0.1 November 21, 2013 Customize the toolbar with your most important tools - Stability improvements and bug fixes.
6.1 January 23, 2014 Added new transitions, display options, and improved compatibility with Microsoft PowerPoint.
6.2 April 1, 2014 Improved Presenter Display layouts and labels. Added new transitions and builds Object Revolve, Drift and Scale, and Skid. Improved Magic Move, including text morphing. Motion blurs can now be applied to animations. The release includes various other fixes and usability improvements.
6.5 October 16, 2014 Updated design for OS X Yosemite, added support for iCloud Drive and Handoff with iOS 8, and updated file format to improve support for third-party online services. Allows customization of the presenter display layout, includes a new Trace animation and contains several improvements for editing presentations.
6.6 October 15, 2015 Updated for OS X El Capitan
6.6.1 November 11, 2015 Bug fixes
6.6.2 May 10, 2016 This update contains stability improvements and bug fixes.
7.0 September 2016 Updated for macOS Sierra, introduced Collaboration (Beta), added Keynote Live support, added tabbing support to use multiple presentations in one window and introduced backward compatibility for Keynote '05 presentations.[16]
7.0.5 October 27, 2016 Bug fixes
7.1 March 27, 2017 New "Object List" sidebar with an ordered list of slide objects, Keynote 1.0 compatibility, Touch ID support, and export of presentations to compatible websites.[17]
7.1.1 April 26, 2017 This update contains stability improvements and bug fixes.
7.2 June 13, 2017 "Shapes Library" with new built-in shapes and support for custom user shapes,[18] comment replies,[19] new "Auto-Correction" preferences pane,[20] and an option to disable "Auto-Center" while editing a slide.[21][22]
7.3 September 19, 2017 "Object List" filtering, performance, and stability improvements.
7.3.1 November 2, 2017
8.0 March 27, 2018 Collaborate in real time on presentations stored in Box (Requires macOS High Sierra). Use donut charts to visualize data. Add an interactive image gallery to view a collection of photos. Enhance presentations with a variety of new editable shapes. Additional options for reducing the file size of presentations.
8.0.1 May 3, 2018 Stability and performance improvements.
8.1 June 18, 2018 Support for mathematical equations (LaTeX, MathML), a new look for charts (rounded corners), and new editable shapes. Also improved compatibility with Microsoft PowerPoint and for Arabic and Hebrew languages.[23][24]
8.2 September 13, 2018 Support for Dark Mode, Continuity Camera and Audio Recording.[23]
8.3 October 18, 2018 Stability and performance improvements.
9.01 April 3, 2019 Stability and performance improvements.[25] Animated GIFs, Sync shapes, Sync themes[26]
9.02 May 8, 2019 Fixes issue that caused closed captions for videos to fail to play during a slideshow[27]
9.1 June 25, 2019 Style text by filling it with gradients or images or by applying new outline styles. Place images, shapes, and equations inline in text boxes so they move with the text. Edit master slides while collaborating on a presentation. Using face detection, subjects in photos are intelligently positioned in placeholders and objects.
10.0 March 31, 2020 New themes (Select from a variety of new themes). Cloud Drive folder sharing: Add a Keynote presentation to a shared iCloud Drive folder to automatically start collaborating. (Requires macOS 10.15.4). Edit shared presentations offline: Edit shared presentations while offline and the changes will upload when you're back online. Easily access the recently used themes in a redesigned theme chooser. Print or export a PDF of the presentation with comments included. Add a drop cap to make the text stand out with a large, decorative first letter. Enhance your presentations with a variety of new, editable shapes.
10.1 July 9, 2020 The presentation can play in windowed mode, allowing users to switch applications without interruption. Videos can now play across slides through transitions. Move-along-path animation now allows objects to align to the path during animation.
10.2 September 22, 2020 Added support for web video from YouTube and Vimeo within slides. Added more editable shapes and video export options.
10.3.5 November 12, 2020 Updated UI to be consistent with macOS Big Sur.
11.0 March 23, 2021 Presenter notes now support windowed mode. Added thumbnails in the build order window for editing complex sequences.[28]
12.0 April 7, 2022 Added Shortcuts support on macOS Monterey. Updated icon for iOS and iPadOS.

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