Apple’s iWork, iMovie, GarageBand Apps Now Free for All iOS, Mac Users


Previously, Apple made its iWork, iMovie and GarageBand apps free for customers who made new device purchases as of the fall of 2013. But that policy has changed today, as noticed by MacRumors.

Apple has now made iWork, iMove and GarageBand apps free for all iOS and macOS users, regardless of when they purchased their iOS or Mac devices.

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Previously, iWork for Mac apps cost $27.99 CAD each in the Mac App Store, while iMovie and GarageBand were $20.99 CAD and $6.99 CAD respectively. Now that these apps are free for all users, it will make life much easier and less confusing. Many have long said these apps should have been free since 2013.

Why did Apple make the change? According to the company’s support document, making these apps free make it simpler for businesses and education customers to acquire them through the Volume Purchase Program store.

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen Apple offer discount on its software pricing. Back in February of this year, Apple launched a Pro Apps Bundle for Education for $259.99 CAD, which includes Final Cut Pro X, Logic Pro X, Motion 5, Compressor 4 and MainStage 3. Don’t forget in 2015, Apple made iWork for iCloud available to everyone, even for those without Apple devices.

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  • Gerry Lee

    I ended up buying Pages yesterday, and called Apple regarding the changes. They refunded my money back. Wooo.

  • Vincent Cadieux

    What about people who paid for Garage Band and iMovie ? I did buy Garage Band when it came out. Never really used it…

  • Gerry Lee

    Hmm, you can contact apple and see what they say? Doesn’t hurt to ask.

  • jabohn

    Now if they would only make the iWork upgrades backwards compatible. The current updates only work with Sierra, so older Macs that can now get this for free but can’t run Sierra can’t even get the latest updates. However, iWork still warns me occasionally that I need to update to the latest version even though I can’t run it!