In a new development, Apple is making its GarageBand, iMovie, and iWork apps free for all users. While most users with iOS and macOS devices were already using them for free, some legacy handset users were still forced to pay a premium fee for using these apps. The pricing change, however, removes the requirement to have bought new Apple hardware to get the apps for free.
Back in 2013, Apple made the apps free for all new iPhone, iPad and Mac users, but users with old hardware had to still pay to use these apps. According to 9to5Mac, users had to pay $4.99 (approx Rs. 300) for the GarageBand and iMovie app on the App Store. iWork apps – Pages, Keynote, and Numbers for iOS – each carried a $9.99 (approx Rs. 600) price tag. For Mac, the GarageBand app was sold for $4.99 (approx Rs. 300), the iMovie app was listed at $14.99 (approx Rs. 900) and the Pages, Keynote, and Numbers app cost the most at $19.99 (approx Rs. 1,200) for each on the Mac App Store. Apple now rolled out updated versions of its iWork, iMovie and GarageBand apps on Mac and iOS, making them free for all users on both platforms.
For all users who bought Apple hardware post 2013, are likely going to see no change as such, but old hardware users will now see these apps as free on respective stores.
iWork is actually a suite of productivity apps — Numbers, Keynote and Pages — meant to rival Microsoft Office and Google Docs. Meanwhile, GarageBand and iMovie are more consumer-focused tools, for music and video editing.