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Apple announces iWork, iPhoto, iMovie iOS apps go free*

Apple today announced that its iWork productivity apps for iOS—Pages, Numbers, and Keynote—along with iPhoto and iMovie, will now be available for free to purchasers of new iOS devices. Previously, each app individually cost between $5 and $10. No mention was made of GarageBand, the third iLife app. Updated: This story was updated after initial publication for clarity; it remains uncertain at this point whether the apps will continue to have their old price tags for prior iOS device users.

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They don’t seem to be free on the app store yet?

Posted by Travis Mault on September 10, 2013 at 3:31 PM (CDT)


Actually, I believe Apple said at the keynote that the apps were free only “with the purchase of a new device.”

My guess is that the App Store will likely tie in to the initial setup/registration of a new device somehow and offer the apps for free download—probably in much the same way the App Store currently points you to Apple’s apps the first time you open it after setting up a new device.

Posted by Jesse Hollington in Toronto on September 11, 2013 at 7:32 AM (CDT)


I’ve heard reports that they are free with iOS 7 on a new device. So when I upgrade my iPhone 5 I may not be prompted to download them as Jess suggests above. But if I set up it up as a new device, I should get the prompt.

Curious to hear about GarageBand.

Posted by Marc Robinson on September 11, 2013 at 10:03 AM (CDT)


If I set up my phone as a new device, can it then be restored using a backup?

Posted by jsj on September 11, 2013 at 12:22 PM (CDT)


It’s unclear what will happen in terms of being offered the free iWork apps if you restore from a backup, although there’s no reason to suggest that it won’t work—when you restore a new iOS device from a backup, you’re still taken through an abbreviated version of the iOS Setup Assistant even in iOS 6. The free apps could still be offered at that point.

Even if Apple has overlooked this, due to the way the App Store works, once you’ve “purchased” the free apps, they will be part of your App Store purchase history and you will likely be able to use them on all of your devices that use the same Apple ID—new or not.  This is in fact how the Mac App Store works already with the the iLife apps when purchasing a new Mac—you get them for free on the new Mac—they’re essentially added to your purchase history automatically, and can then download them from the Mac App Store on all of your other Macs.

Posted by Jesse Hollington in Toronto on September 11, 2013 at 3:02 PM (CDT)


The keynote was very clear that these apps would be free only for new devices that ship with iOS 7.

How Apple manages this won’t be known until next week, but it could be as Jesse describes where a “qualifying purchase” gets you the apps for free and then you’re able to share with other devices on your iTunes account.

Another way might be to integrate the apps into iOS 7 as built-in apps (like Weather) which only get enabled (for free) as part of the initial registration of the new device.

That would make it free only for new devices and (if built into iOS 7) prevent the apps from being transferred to your library for sharing with other devices.  Older devices updated to iOS 7 would not even see these built-in apps, unless the user purchases them.  Pure speculation, but quite possible.

Posted by rockmyplimsoul on September 11, 2013 at 4:24 PM (CDT)


Confirmed that Jesse was correct—Pages, Numbers, Keynote, iPhoto and iMovie are indeed free on a new iPhone 5S, and these apps synced back to my library and I was able to add them to my legacy iOS devices, nice!

Posted by rockmyplimsoul on September 25, 2013 at 2:17 PM (CDT)

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