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Apple Pages, Keynote and Numbers
, Apple has decided to no longer charge for iMovie, GarageBand, Pages, Numbers and Keynote on iOS and macOS. Prior to this change, Apple was offering these apps free for customers that purchased a
iOS device or Mac computer. Apple also bundles some of these apps on
certain Mac computers and iOS devices so you may already have it installed. If you do not have one of these apps on your device, then you can download it from iTunes (iOS) or the Mac App Store (OS X / macOS).
Previously, Apple allowed users to download iWork, iMovie and GarageBand for free on an iOS device as long as it was activated for the first time since September 1, 2013. And iWork, iMovie and GarageBand for OS X/macOS could be downloaded free with every qualifying new Mac purchased in October 2014 or later as part of the
. On older devices, the iWork suite had a retail price of $79. Later Apple changed the price to $19.99 per iWork app on OS X and $9.99 per iWork app on iOS.
Pages, Numbers and Keynote are part of the iWork productivity suite. Apple Pages is a word processor app that competes against Microsoft Word and Google Docs. Numbers is a spreadsheet app that competes against Microsoft Excel and Google Sheets. And Keynote is a presentation app that competes against Microsoft PowerPoint and Google Slides. Files stored on these apps sync across macOS, iOS and the iCloud.com website. Apple also added real-time collaboration features to the iWork apps in September 2016.
GarageBand is a digital audio app, which makes it easier for users to create music or podcasts. And iMovie is a video editing app that Apple introduced in 1999 with Mac OS 8. Before Apple made these two apps free, the prices of iMovie and GarageBand for Mac were $14.99. And the iOS versions of both apps were set at $4.99.
Apple also recently published a
new support page
titled “Get Apple apps through the Volume Purchase Program.” The support page explains how to get free managed distribution copies for Pages, Numbers, Keynote, GarageBand and iMovie in the
for businesses and educational institutions.
The latest versions of iWork apps require macOS 10.12 or later and iOS 10 or later. GarageBand requires macOS 10.10 or later and iOS 10.2 or later. And iMovie requires macOS 10.11.2 or later and iOS 9.3 or later.
What are your thoughts about Apple making iWork, iMovie and GarageBand completely free? Please leave a comment!