Apple Offers Up iWork, GarageBand & iMovie Apps For Free

Apple yesterday updated several of its Mac and iOS apps, making them available for all Mac and iOS users for free. So in short, all Mac and iOS users can get the following apps from the App Store for free:

  • iMovie
  • Numbers
  • Keynote
  • Pages
  • GarageBand

Now let me clarify that free part. Previously, Apple made these apps free to those who bought new hardware back in late 2013. But if you had older hardware that was made before that date, you were out of luck and you had to pony up some cash to get these apps. Now any Mac user or iOS user can get them for free. The question is, why would Apple do this. I have some thoughts on that:

  • One thought is that Apple wasn’t getting many takers in terms of people buying these apps. Thus they decided to shift to just offering them up for free.
  • Another thought is that Apple sees itself as a services company. For example, selling space on iCloud. This might be a way to get people to further user services like iCloud as these apps integrate tightly with iCloud.
  • It might be a sign that Apple might be getting ready to deep six development on some of these apps. Specifically the iWork apps (Number, Keynote, Pages) as compared to Microsoft Office for Mac, they’re missing some really key features such as pivot tables. It may not be worth Apple’s time to continue to develop them, thus they just made the call to make them free for all.

I guess we’ll find out soon enough which one, if any of those thoughts are true. In the meantime, you might want to grab a copy of these apps seeing as they’re free and all. I will be doing that for my wife on the MacBook Pro that she uses as that falls into the category where she can get these apps for free.

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