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What you need to know about Apple's free apps policy

Serenity Caldwell | Oct. 24, 2013
Here's our guide to demystifying Apple's new pricing structure on its iLife and iWork apps

If you don't own iMovie, iPhoto, or GarageBand, or own versions pre-9.0: You have to buy iMovie and iPhoto at full price ($15). GarageBand is free for everyone.

If you are buying a new Mac or iOS device: After you set up your device, you should be able to download the latest versions for free by going to their entry in the Mac or iOS App Store. According to Apple's website, anyone who purchased a new Mac or iOS device after October 1 is eligible.

The iWork app suite
Like iLife, the iWork suite also consists of three apps—Pages, Numbers, and Keynote—which are available for both OS X and iOS. The new Mac versions are Pages 5.0, Numbers 3.0, and Keynote 6.0, and they too require OS X Mavericks; the iOS versions are all 2.0 and require iOS 7 or later. On the Mac, the three apps retail for $20 each; on the iPhone or iPad, they're $10 each.

If you own Pages, Numbers, or Keynote '09 and you got them from the Mac App Store: You should be able to download the latest versions for free by going to the Mac App Store and tapping Update.

If you own Pages, Numbers, or Keynote '09 for the Mac but did not purchase them from the Mac App Store: At this time, you don't appear to be able to download free updates for your non-Mac App Store-purchased iWork apps, nor can you authorize them via the Purchases screen. Click on their price, and you receive the following alert: "[App] is already installed and was not purchased from the Mac App Store. Do you want to buy [app]?" You'll have to repurchase them if you want to use the new versions.

If you don't own Pages, Numbers, or Keynote, or own versions pre-iWork '09: You have to buy the apps you need for $20 each.

If you are buying a new Mac or iOS device: After you set up your device, you should be able to download the latest versions for free by going to their entry in the Mac or iOS App Store. According to Apple's website, anyone who purchased a new Mac or iOS device after October 1 is eligible.

 

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