Could be just garbage, but I wouldn't be surprised. Times are tough, and Apple has been giving away iTools for free for years now. Anyway, I think the whole article -- if true -- said that Apple may have a free iTools and an advanced one. This is the only path I could see them taking as itools is such a big part of the OS now.
Anyway, hmm.. My guess on the probability of this coming true: 40%.
Why would it be so bad? I would pay for more features/options... Maybe (if they did this) they would leave iTools as it is and simply give the users who want/need more stuff the option. Options are always good..
I hope BeerDrinker29 is right. Maybe we'll get an Pro version with more options than the free version (the one we have now). Apple could make big bucks of iTools if they charged users for it, but then Apple would become more like M$. Incorperate a technology into their apps (iPhoto anyone...), and then, after a while, charge users for the technology.... Apple, as we know it and love it today, would probably never do anything like this, but we can never know for certain....
Free and Pro iTools: 70% chance
Pay-only iTools service: 10% chance