Apple made several of their well known apps for macOS and iOS for free. These apps are Garageband, iMovie and all the iWork apps (which include, Pages, Numbers and Keynote). Apple made these apps free for iOS that were released in September 2013 or later. macOS users had to wait until October 2014 to get this promotion, it was apart of the “Up-To-Date program”. This meant that if you hadn’t made a recent purchase of a new device, then you would have to pay for the apps. For older devices, Apple sold the iWork suite for $79 at retail price. Later Apple changed the price to $19.99 per app on macOS and $9.99 per app on iOS, while iMovie and GarageBand were sold for $14.99 per app on macOS and $4.99 per app on iOS.
What are these apps used for?
So basically, the iWork suite is a competitor / alternative of the Microsoft Office suite and Google Drive suite. Pages is a word processing application like Microsoft Word or Google Docs. Keynote is a slideshow presentation application like Microsoft Powerpoint or Google Slides and Numbers, which is a spreadsheet application like Microsoft Excel or Google Sheets. iMovie is a movie / video editing application and GarageBand is a digital audio making app.
Why did Apple make this decision?
There is no “official” reason why Apple made this decision but we believe this is because Apple wants to convince more people to use their apps by giving them out for free.
How do I download these apps?
To download these apps, click on the app name and it will take you to the App Store.
Are the apps compatible with my OS version?
The iWork apps requires macOS Sierra (10.12) or iOS 10 to run, while iMovie will run on Macs running on El Capitian or later and iOS devices running iOS 9.3 or later and Garageband will run on Macs running Yosemite or later and iOS devices running iOS 10.2 or later. But if you want to run the latest version, you must have macOS Sierra (10.12 or later) for iWork apps, macOS Sierra (10.11.12 or later) for iMovie and macOS Sierra (10.10 or later). With iOS devices, there is no change.