Apr 19, 2017 10:46 PM EDT
Unbeknownst to many, Apple has already made several paid apps available for free, including iMovie, iWork and GarageBand apps. All the apps are available on both Mac and iOS users and can be downloaded from the app store, if not already in the user’s device. The free versions were reported to be released when the version of the apps was updated.
According to Digital Trends, Apple no longer requires users to have a new Mac or iOS to get iMovie, iWork, and GarageBand for free. Today, anyone using a licensed Apple software can use the apps for free, regardless of how old the device is. This includes iPhones, iPads, Macs, and iPod touch devices.
The iWork app is a bundle of productivity apps that includes Keynote, Number, and Pages. It is the direct rival of Google Docs and Microsoft Office that has their own bundle of office apps, according to CNBC. GarageBand, on the other hand, is focused on music editing while iMovie for video editing. There are much other musics and video editing software today but many will surely prefer Apple software now since it's offered for free.
Before the free update, these apps cost a lot, considering users need to pay separate fees for Mac and iOS. iWork apps cost $19.99 for Mac and $9.99 for iOS users. iMovie cost $14.99 for Mac and $4.99 for iOS while GarageBand cost $4.99 for Mac and $4.99 for iOS in the app store. Therefore, a user with a Mac and iOS phone just saved almost $60 by just owning an Apple device.
However, not all iOS and Mac version are able to get the update with free apps. According to reports, iWork Mac is only free for MacOS 10.12 or later while iWork iOS for iOS 10.0 or later. For iMovie app, it's only free for MacOS 10.11.2 or later and iOS 9.3 or later while GarageBand is free to MacOS with 10.10 version or later and iOS 10.2 version or later.
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