Those with old Mac and iOS devices will now be able to get Apple’s suite of creativity and productivity apps for free, and in fact, anyone in Apple’s ecosystem can download them for free from Apple Store. MacRumors has quoted that iWork and iLife suite of apps, including Keynote, Numbers, Pages, iMovie and GarageBand are all free starting today.
Previously, old Mac and iOS users have to shell out few dollars anywhere between $5 and $20 for each suite if they want to download and use them. Those suites of apps were made free in 2013, however, users have to buy a Mac or iOS device in order to get them. They were included within the purchase, whether or not users need the apps. With Apple’s new announcement, anyone within their family can download and use its in-house apps at free of cost.
Though Apple has made them free for all, Apple has to make it clear to the owners of old Mac and iOS devices. They can now download and use the latest version of iWork and iLife suite of apps for free, but is not sure whether Apple will add support to old devices in future updates of iWork and iLife apps.
iWork apps require macOS Sierra to run, but GarageBand is available for machines running Yosemite or later and iMovie will run as long as you’re up to El Capitan or higher. On mobile devices, iWork requires at least iOS 10.0, while iMovie and GarageBand require at least iOS 9.3 and iOS 10.2 respectively.