Wednesday, 20 September, 2017

GarageBand, iWork, and iMovie now free for all iOS and Mac users

Apple’s Eddy Cue at a 2013 event. ly these apps were only “free” with a recent Apple hardware purchase Apple’s Eddy Cue at a 2013 event. ly these apps were only “free” with a recent Apple hardware purchase
Sherri Watson | 19 April, 2017, 01:50

The update stands to help consumers who purchase second-hand or used Apple devices, too.

Apple quietly rolled out updated versions of its iWork, iMovie and GarageBand apps on Mac and iOS today, making them free for all customers on both platforms. The apps were previously free to anyone who purchased a new iOS or macOS device in the past several years, but the update means a device purchase is no longer required. Now that those with older devices like an iPhone 5 can still have access to Apple's latest apps, the transition to strictly only supporting 64-bit devices may be less painful for users. The free versions are now available on the iTunes Store and the Mac App Store. Many customers already had free copies of these apps, as they came free with new Mac or iOS devices. Previously, the iOS versions of those apps cost $4.99 on Apple's App Store. Those with an older MacBook for example, had the choice to pay for Pages or eschew Apple's productivity app altogether in favor of something free like Google Docs or something more popular like Microsoft Word. However, Apple has included its first-party apps for free with new iPads and Macs in the past, so you might already have already downloaded these apps.