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Apple makes iWork, iMovie & GarageBand apps free to all Mac & iOS users

Apple makes iWork, iMovie & GarageBand apps free to all Mac & iOS users

Apple has a number of inbuilt apps along with some of the apps that have to be purchased online through the App Store or Mac App Store. As of April 18, 2017, the productivity and creativity apps mentioned are now free, regardless of when you purchased your Apple device, and regardless of whether you're going to purchase a new Apple device or not. While this might not seem like huge news, it is definitely huge news for people who own iOS or Mac devices that are a little older.

However, if you purchased your Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) hardware prior to September 1, 2013, those apps aren't free.

By making the applications free for everyone, Apple is significantly increasing the reach of the suite of apps. On Macs, iMovie carried a price tag of $14.99 (or approx Rs. 967) while Pages, Numbers, and Keynote were priced at $19.90 (or approx Rs. 1290) each. Apple's iWork page have not updated this information and it still asks the customers to buy the new device to avail the Pages, Keynote, and Numbers app for free.

Now, Apple has updated all of these apps on the Mac App Store and App Store, and they are now all available for free.

The Cupertino firm has chose to make GarageBand, iWork and iMovie accessible to all users of MacOS and iOS, for the modest sum of nothing.

Previously, users with old hardware had to pay for each app.

The news of the price change was first reported by MacRumors, and we've confirmed. The biggest update now is that these apps are all completely free for any and all iOS users. Therefore, Apple may subtly be preventing users from paying for apps, which may soon no longer work on the 64-bit system.

There is one small issue here, which is that the iWork page is still not showing the new deal, although Apple should be fixing that within the next several hours hopefully. Many Apple customers were already likely eligible to download the software at no cost if they had made a device purchase in the last few years.


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