Apple’s creative and productive software suites designed for iOS could end up becoming FREE for everyone, just in time for the holidays.
The discovery was first highlighted by Jordan Kahn, who notes this week that the installing of iOS 7 (Beta 3) has also resulted in Apple seemingly beginning to recommend both the iWork and iLife suite of apps for iOS, as FREE downloads.
When a user turns on their iPhone, iPod touch or iPad for the first time, Apple usually throws up a panel within the App Store which showcases Apple-designed apps that would be good for them to download and get started with.
In all previous versions of the software, Apple’s iWork and iLife entertainment and productivity software suites have not been included in this offer, due to them not being available as free downloads. However, with iOS 7 (Beta 3) – this has changed, now seeing Apple begin to recommend Pages, Numbers, Keynote, iMovie, iPhoto and Garageband for iOS as completely FREE downloads.
Whether or not this is simply a bug that Apple still needs to squash in the App Store’s pricing structure present in the latest beta, is unclear. But, if the change is purposeful, we could potentially see iWork and iLife for iOS go FREE on a permanent basis, as early as this Fall — a move which would also consequentially catapult the suites into further mainstream usage.
As of writing, all the apps mentioned above are still paid apps.