Apple Makes iMovie, GarageBand, and iWork Apps for Mac and iOS Free for All Users

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Apple today updated several of its Mac and iOS apps, making them available for all Mac and iOS users for free.

iMovie, Numbers, Keynote, Pages, and GarageBand for both Mac and iOS devices have been updated and are now listed in the App Store for free.


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. 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.

Apple's iWork page has not yet been updated and continues to say that customers will only be able to download Pages, Keynote, and Numbers after purchasing an eligible Mac or iOS device, but new wording may be added shortly following the price drop. Apple's apps have also been removed from the Top Free app charts in the App Store.

Apple has been offering these apps for free to new Mac and iOS device owners since 2013, but dropping the price to free for all users makes it less confusing and opens up downloads for those who have not recently made a new device purchase.

- Pages for macOS [Direct Link]
- Keynote for macOS [Direct Link]
- Numbers for macOS [Direct Link]
- GarageBand for macOS - [Direct Link]
- iMovie for macOS - [Direct Link]

- Pages for iOS - [Direct Link]
- Keynote for iOS - [Direct Link]
- Numbers for iOS - [Direct Link]
- GarageBand for iOS - [Direct Link]
- iMovie for iOS - [Direct Link]

Update: According to a support document, today's app changes will make it easier for business and educational institutions to download Pages, Numbers, Keynote, GarageBand, and iMovie through the Volume Purchase Program store.

Article Link: Apple Makes iMovie, GarageBand, and iWork Apps for Mac and iOS Free for All Users
 
Good. I just realized a couple months ago that I had the old Mac version of garage band when I was using the guitar lessons to self teach guitar. I debated if it would be worth it to buy the new one, because there were some bug/compatibility issues I was running into. I didn't. Now I'll check it out. I've gotten away from practicing so many this will give me just enough motivation to get back into it!
 

jhwalker

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They made them free to any new owner since 2013... surely everyone has met that criteria by now right? Who will this appeal to?

Genuinely curious, not bashing!
Me - all of my Macs are at least five years old (2011 Mac Mini and MacBook Pro, 2012 MacBook).

All still going strong, though I'd love to see an update to the Mini this year - the laptops are still kicking butt, but the Mini is a getting a little rickety!
 

CaryMacGuy

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I am glad this is free now. I remember back in 2008 when I got a MacBook that had the 30 day trial of iWork, I used to modify a plist file to remove the 30 day crippling and got iWork for free. They have always been less restrictive with their software than say Microsoft.
 

Brookzy

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They made them free to any new owner since 2013... surely everyone has met that criteria by now right? Who will this appeal to?

Genuinely curious, not bashing!
Last year I sold a MacBook to a friend. They had to buy iWork because of the policy despite it being a 2015 machine. So I'm sure lots of purchasers of used devices will welcome the change.
 

Mac User Canada

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They made them free to any new owner since 2013... surely everyone has met that criteria by now right? Who will this appeal to?

Genuinely curious, not bashing!
I am still using an early 2011, 17" MBP. It always bothered me that these were free for new users but I had to pay for them. So I didn't. :)

I'll play with them a little and see if I like them.
 
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