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.
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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