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Apple Makes iMovie, GarageBand, and iWork Apps for Mac and iOS Free for All Users (macrumors.com) 65

Apple today updated several of its Mac and iOS apps, making them available for all Mac and iOS users for free. From a report: iMovie, Numbers, Keynote, Pages, and GarageBand for both Mac and iOS devices have been updated and are now listed in the App Store for free. Previously, all of these apps were provided for free to customers who purchased a new Mac or iOS device, but now that purchase is not required to get the software. Many Apple customers were already likely eligible to download the software at no cost if they had made a device purchase in the last few years.
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Apple Makes iMovie, GarageBand, and iWork Apps for Mac and iOS Free for All Users

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  • by xxxJonBoyxxx ( 565205 ) on Tuesday April 18, 2017 @03:40PM (#54259023)
    >> all of these apps were provided for free to customers who purchased a new Mac or iOS device

    I still don't get it. What else would you run these apps on if not a Mac or iOS device? (To me, they've always been free so...what changed?)
    • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday April 18, 2017 @03:51PM (#54259079)

      If you have a device bought before 2013 you had to pay for the apps. Now you can get them for free.

    • I always though it was ridiculous too. Turns out if you use some kind of profile management system to control a swag of iPads at a school for example then if you wanted to push out these iWork apps you'd have to purchase a copy for each device (because setting up management usually means wiping the iPads clean) ! This is nuts considering each device already had an entitlement for these programs out of the box - I never understood why Apple wanted to double dip this way apart from the benefits of double di
      • by Anonymous Coward

        You could give them a list of your orders with a device count and they'd give you codes for the apps or grant them to your MDM for managed distribution.

        https://www.jamf.com/jamf-nation/discussions/14296/vpp-for-iwork-ilife (the Apple KB now just refers to everything being free)

        Later they also added the ability to assign an app directly to a device instead of to a user, so your MDM could just push it out to however many devices you have licenses for.

    • by tlhIngan ( 30335 )

      I still don't get it. What else would you run these apps on if not a Mac or iOS device? (To me, they've always been free so...what changed?)

      You don't have to purchase a NEW iOS or Mac to get these apps anymore.

      That's what's different. Of course, given that Apple has had this thing going on for years now, I'd be surprised if there was someone that wasn't already eligible for them. You'd have to be toting around a really old iPhone (probably around the 3GS era) or a really old Mac (over 10 years old) to not q

      • I still don't get it. What else would you run these apps on if not a Mac or iOS device? (To me, they've always been free so...what changed?)

        You don't have to purchase a NEW iOS or Mac to get these apps anymore.

        That's what's different. Of course, given that Apple has had this thing going on for years now, I'd be surprised if there was someone that wasn't already eligible for them. You'd have to be toting around a really old iPhone (probably around the 3GS era) or a really old Mac (over 10 years old) to not qualify.

        Please try your arithmetic again. Apple announced the previous change in 2013, as stated in the summary. Specifically, that was October of 2013, but the iPhone 5s was released in September. Thus, early adopters could have a device that was only recently discontinued and still fully supported by the latest version of iOS that is ineligible. Additionally, since Apple did, indeed, manufacture iMacs in 2013, there is no need to go back to 2007 in order to find a Mac that would not have been eligible for this, e

    • >> all of these apps were provided for free to customers who purchased a new Mac or iOS device

      I still don't get it. What else would you run these apps on if not a Mac or iOS device? (To me, they've always been free so...what changed?)

      They were free to download for you because you purchased a new Mac and/or iOS device. If you have only purchased Apple devices on the used market in the last four years or so, this would have excluded you, which I think is the part you're missing (besides the fact that a 4-year-old Mac would still be pretty good at this point and a four-year-old iPhone wouldn't be the worst thing, either, so it's not necessarily the case that everyone would have purchased a new--or used, though previously ineligible--Mac or

      • But wouldn't that mean if you had a Mac that came with all this stuff and for whatever reason added a second user to it, you'd have to buy it all for the new user? Or that if you went through a breakup and let your ex keep the iTunes account (I did), you'd have to buy all the stuff you got for free?
        • But wouldn't that mean if you had a Mac that came with all this stuff and for whatever reason added a second user to it, you'd have to buy it all for the new user?

          No, Mac App Store does system-wide installs, but the purchase and download are tied to one specific Apple ID. If that Apple ID is in use on a specific computer and there is another user on the computer tied to a different Apple ID, they can still use the app.

          Or that if you went through a breakup and let your ex keep the iTunes account (I did), you'd have to buy all the stuff you got for free?

          Yes, given that the purchase is tied to a specific Apple ID (e.g., iTunes account). I have, however, seen reports (or at least one; not sure if it was here or another forum) lately of people getting prompted if they would like to transfer the iWork/iLif

          • Holy crap, you answered all my questions in a polite, respectful and thorough manner! I appreciate it.
    • >> all of these apps were provided for free to customers who purchased a new Mac or iOS device I still don't get it. What else would you run these apps on if not a Mac or iOS device? (To me, they've always been free so...what changed?)

      A Hackintosh

  • Small catch (Score:5, Funny)

    by schklerg ( 1130369 ) on Tuesday April 18, 2017 @03:45PM (#54259047)
    It requires a hardware key to activate which is available with an RS-232 connector. USB-C to RS-232 dongles sold separately.
    • It requires a hardware key to activate which is available with an RS-232 connector. USB-C to RS-232 dongles sold separately.

      (Playing along with the joke) Unless you have an XServe. It has an RS-232 connector.

  • by SuperKendall ( 25149 ) on Tuesday April 18, 2017 @04:09PM (#54259185)

    Something that just happened recently on a system update, was that it asked if I wanted to change ownership of my iMovie license - in the past I had installed iMove under a different user, so I could not update it when logged into the iTunes account I use for Mac apps...

    So that has gotten better as well, probably part of the same change where they don't care if you switch the owner to be a different iCloud user as long as you are running on a Mac.

  • by SpiceWare ( 3438 ) on Tuesday April 18, 2017 @05:13PM (#54259603) Homepage
    I use Keynote to give my Atari 2600 Homebrew [icloud.com] presentation. To give the presentation I use both my iPhone and iPad. The iPhone plugs into the projector (after turning on Do Not Disturb, of course!). After launching Keynote on both devices I then use the Keynote Remote [apple.com] option from the iPad to connect to the iPhone (via bluetooth or wifi). The larger screen on the iPad makes it easy to see the slide side-by-side with my presenter notes, plus I'm free to walk around the stage without worrying about tripping over wires. There's also a virtual laser pointer and colored marker set [apple.com] that lets you point out things and draw on the slides during the presentation.
    • Keynote remains the jewel of the collection.

      Pages and Numbers had many interesting features before they went cross platform, but both were incomplete. They needed another year of development before they would be really good.

      That did not happen. They spent that time moving to iOS, eliminating any features that they couldn't implement on iOS. And that's still where we are today.

  • I assume the reason for this is Apple makes their money selling storage in the cloud. The more you use those apps, the more storage you need.

    • Re:here's the catch (Score:4, Informative)

      by Sir Holo ( 531007 ) on Tuesday April 18, 2017 @05:21PM (#54259629)

      I assume the reason for this is Apple makes their money selling storage in the cloud. The more you use those apps, the more storage you need.

      There is no requirement to use anything iCloud to use these Apps. You can, if you wish, though.

      If you do, the price is in line with other cloud services. $2.99.mo. for 200 GB, for example.

  • For the Mac software, it looks like from a Mac OS X 10.11 "El Capitan" installation, only GarageBand can be purchased, as the latest version of the other applications require macOS 10.12 Sierra.

    If you make the purchase on "Sierra" so that the software is listed as "purchased" in your account, you can probably download versions that will work on earlier OS versions - at least that is how "purchased" software typically works in my experience.

    For the iOS software, making the purchase from within iTunes gets th

  • by Anonymous Coward

    wants MacOS 10.12 (or higher).

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