We’ve got good news for a very particular subset of people today. For the past few years, Apple has been bundling GarageBand, iMovie, and iWork with all of their new hardware, but all three apps still cost money for anyone else using older Apple devices. That’s changed this week, with Apple making the apps free for all iOS and Mac users.
Previously, iMovie and GarageBand cost $10 each, with the iWork productivity suite coming in at $20. With the latest update, all three are now free for iOS and Mac users, regardless of how old their device is. It’s not too surprising — Apple started bundling these apps with some hardware starting in 2013, so the number of customers who would have needed to pay was dwindling rapidly.
While iWork — an Office-like suite that includes Keynote, Pages, and Numbers — hasn’t caught on as much, GarageBand and iMovie are excellent and very popular editing tools for music and video. With a lot of older devices, especially older MacBook Pros, having enough power to edit that kind of stuff today, it’s a pretty nice surprise for anyone with older hardware who was holding out on paying extra for the software.