Along with the new iPhone line-up and iOS 7 release, Apple is making some of its own productivity applications available for free. With iOS 7, Apple made its iWork suite for iOS free with the purchase of any new iPhone 5s or 5c, fifth-generation iPod touch, or iPad. However, even with the free apps, Apple held off on updating the look and feel of the apps and did not optimize them for iOS 7.
Late Sunday, Apple briefly updated its Built-in Apps page to unveil a new set of six iLife and iWork apps updated for iOS 7. All of the apps have new icons that are flatter and have a new color scheme that matches some of the other native apps in iOS 7.
Though Apple has now removed the new icon designs and descriptions from the Built-in Apps page, it was not before revealing they will begin offering the iOS version of GarageBand for free with in-app purchases.
GarageBand is free on the App Store for all iOS 7 compatible devices; additional GarageBand instruments and sounds are available with an in-app purchase. iPhoto, iMovie, Pages, Numbers, and Keynote are free on the App Store for qualifying iOS 7 compatible devices activated on or after September 1, 2013.
This resolves the issue of Apple making all iLife and iWork for iOS applications free and leaving out one application. It costs Apple more to develop the GarageBand application, so it makes sense they need some form of revenue to keep the free updates coming.
Apple is expected to unveil the new app icons and the new iOS 7-themed redesigns at the company’s October 2013 media event on Tuesday, where it will also introduce a new iPad line-up and demo the redesigned Mac Pro and OS X Mavericks.