Apple quietly rolled out updated versions of its iWork, iMovie and GarageBand apps on Mac and iOS today, making them free for all customers on both platforms. Now though, Apple has made the bold move and has listed the aforementioned software absolutely free to download and use for every iOS and Mac user. The pricing change, however, removes the requirement to have bought new Apple hardware to get the apps for free. Many customers already had free copies of these apps, as they came free with new Mac or iOS devices. While Apple's software might not be as feature rich as Microsoft's in some cases, but the compatibility within the iOS and Mac ecosystem is epic to say the least. Or are you more comfortable with Microsoft Office and rely on more powerful creative software than iMovie and GarageBand? Apple users who hadn't made a device purchase in the last few years, on the other hand, still had to buy the apps directly from the App Store. However, Apple has included its first-party apps for free with new iPads and Macs in the past, so you might already have already downloaded these apps.
Apple has also shared a new document for institutions that need to distribute Apple apps through the Volume Purchase Program.
Owners of older hardware who wanted to install the apps had to pay for them. iMovie and Garageband were $4.99 for iOS, according to 9to5Mac, and the iWork apps were each $9.99.