A new screenshot from Apple's iOS 7 beta 3 has sparked further speculation that the company could be planning to make its iWork and iLife suites for iOS and Mac free to all users later this year.
Earlier this month, 9To5Mac suggested that the new iWork for iCloud service, which will be free when it is launched later this year as part of iCloud.com, could hint that Apple is planning to make its native iWork apps for Mac (Keynote, Pages, Numbers) free too. At present, the applications will set you back £13.99 each from the Mac App Store, and don't come pre-installed on a Mac when you buy it, unlike the iLife suite, which is bundled with all new Mac purchases.
This week, new evidence suggests that the iWork apps and iLife apps could also be free for iOS when iOS 7 is released later this year.
German blog iFun has shared a screenshot from the new iOS 7 beta 3 that seems to indicate that Apple will prompt new iOS users to download Pages, Keynote, Numbers, iPhoto and iMovie for free. This screen has previously been used to offer Apple's free apps such as iBooks, iTunes U and Podcasts.
iWork for iCloud is currently in beta, allowing developers to try out the service and provide feedback to Apple to help iron out the bugs before it is released to the public later this year. Apple recently expanded the beta to allow developers with free accounts to have access to the beta service too.
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