Apple is making iWork, iMovie and Garage Band freely available to everyone

Apple is making iWork iMovie and Garage Band freely available to everyone

This is quite a generous offering from the tech giant. iOS iMovie and GarageBand used to be $4.99 each while iOS Pages, Numbers and Keynote were $9.99 each. For all users who bought Apple hardware post 2013, you're likely going to see no change as such, but old hardware users will now see these apps as free on respective stores. Free copies were included with a new Mac or iOS device. Organizations can then leverage Apple Configurator or their Mobile Device Management (MDM) platform to push the apps to iPhones, iPads, and Macs.

The hope here, according to Apple, is that businesses and various educational centers will be able to more quickly and easily access and download these apps.

Previously, all of these apps were provided for free to customers who purchased a new Mac or iOS device, but now that purchase is not required to get the software. To check this feature out in person, make sure you have the latest apps installed in your devices and that's it.

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Until now, there were a number of Apple's free apps that were only available (at no cost, anyway) to people who had purchased a Mac or iOS device in recent years.

The news of the price change was first reported by MacRumors, and we've confirmed. Therefore, Apple may subtly be preventing users from paying for apps, which may soon no longer work on the 64-bit system. Simply press the "Get" button and the apps will start downloading. Individual programs cost up to £15 each, which would add up if a user with an old Mac or iOS device wanted to download and use both suites.

At the time of writing, the iWork page had not been updated to reflect the changes.