A while ago, users purchasing new Macs or iPhones discovered that these applications were now free on their platform. Free copies were included with a new Mac or iOS device.
The company had offered these tools for free (and often pre-installed) for those who purchased a brand new Mac, iPhone or iPad from 2013 onwards, but those on older machines had to fork out. The company has decided to make the aforementioned apps free for all macOS and iOS users.
In an unexpected move today originally noted by MacRumors, Apple has made their productivity and media creation suites iWork and iLife free for all users across iOS and Mac.
In case you are unaware of the nature of these apps, well, their names are pretty self-explanatory.
By making the applications free for everyone, Apple is significantly increasing the reach of the suite of apps. Meanwhile, GarageBand and iMovie are more consumer-focused tools, for music and video editing.
Owners of older hardware who wanted to install the apps had to pay for them. iMovie and Garageband were $4.99 for iOS, according to 9to5Mac, and the iWork apps were each $9.99. The free versions are now available on the iTunes Store and the Mac App Store.