Apple just made iMovie, GarageBand, and iWork free for everyone


Beginning in 2013, Apple has been pre-loading apps from its productivity and creativity suites on iPhones, iPads, and Macs, effectively making the software free for new customers. However, those who decided to stick with their old devices had no such luck, as both the iWork and iLife suites remained paid for them.

All of this changes today, as Apple has decided to make all the productivity and entertainment apps under iWork and iLife free for everyone in its ecosystem. According to a new Apple support document, the price change will “will make it easier for business and educational institutions to download Pages, Numbers, Keynote, GarageBand, and iMovie through the Volume Purchase Program store,” MacRumors reports.

On a side note, Apple recently acquired iOS productivity and automation app WorkFlow, which was also made free on the App Store. All purchases of WorkFlow made in the weeks leading to the acquisition are being refunded.

On mobile, iMovie requires iOS 10.0 or later, iWork runs on 10.0 or later, while GarageBand needs iOS 10.2 or later to run.

source: Apple via MacRumors

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15 Comments

1. AmashAziz

Posts: 2931; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

SUPERB work. Just a little less million dollars for Apple........ In return for a million happy users!

12. steodoreben

Posts: 379; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

This is unfair. We paid for this. I need a refund from Apple.

13. AmashAziz

Posts: 2931; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

You got it earlier..... That's your refund.

2. Spyro

Posts: 334; Member since: Mar 29, 2017

The iWork suit is rubbish.

6. bucky

Posts: 3790; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

why is that? Have you actually used it?

14. AmashAziz

Posts: 2931; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

No.....he's just trolling.

3. Mikele

Posts: 172; Member since: Nov 19, 2013

Apple is catching up with others!!!!

4. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Oh yeah? Is Office free? Sony Vegas maybe?

10. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1079; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

Are you comparing Apples iWork to Microsoft Office? And iMovie to Sony Vegas? come on

5. zenun12

Posts: 205; Member since: Oct 31, 2016

Yes! Free garageband! Now make an Android version.

7. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Nice! Reading your comment makes me laugh!!

8. Duncdawg26

Posts: 175; Member since: Jan 20, 2017

I would pay $10-$20 for an Android version of GarageBand...

9. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3147; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

They had to, Microsoft is putting Office in Samsungs. I don't have any experience with iMovie or GarageBand but I do know that Office is the world standard when it comes to productivity apps.

11. Xpadder333

Posts: 7; Member since: Nov 27, 2016

You guys really don't like to think good about Apple huh?

15. AmashAziz

Posts: 2931; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Every one has sympathy for a brand that's falling in a particular market. If Apple and Microsoft had reversed positions, there's a good chance people would have been sympathetic for Apple instead. That's how emotions negatively effect a person's reasoning and justification. I know a little bit of psychology....you know!

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