Apple has released updated versions of its iWork, iMovie, and GarageBand apps today for both macOS and iOS. Aside from some of the improvements that it has made to these apps, it has also made a big change rather quietly. The company has decided to make the aforementioned apps free for all macOS and iOS users. This eliminates the need to buy new Apple hardware to get these apps for free.
Apple previously provided free copies of these apps to those who purchased new hardware. Free copies were included with a new Mac or iOS device. Now that the apps are free for everyone, users don’t have to buy new devices from Apple to get these apps for free.
This obviously makes the apps available for free to those who are using an Apple device even if they’ve never bought a new one themselves or are using an older device. Now they too can use iWork, iMovie, and GarageBand on their devices without having to pay a lot of money for Apple’s software.
Apple decided to bundle these apps for free in late 2013 with new iOS devices and Macs or offering them as free downloads to those who picked up new hardware.
The iWork apps which include Pages, Keynote and Numbers were previously priced at $19.99 on Mac and $9.99 on iOS individually. iMovie and GarageBand cost $14.99 and $4.99 respectively on Mac and $4.99 on the App Store.