Today has been a reasonably busy day for Apple, and among all of the new hardware and exciting products, the Cupertino, Calif.-based company has released updated version of its iWork and iLife apps for both iOS and OS X, covering iMovie, iPhoto, GarageBand, Keynote, Numbers and Pages. Although Apple has been doing its utmost to promote its in-house range of apps in recent times – no less by making them free to those picking up an iOS 7-enabled device – the apps themselves have felt as though they’ve been caught in a time warp, but with newly-designed icons, cleaner UI and plenty of features besides, Apple’s famed work and play suites now look very much in-keeping with the recently-released iOS 7 and OS X Mavericks.
Interestingly, and as has been visited quite a bit in the past couple of days, GarageBand will now revert to the freemium price model, something that has been rather divisive in the app-grabbing community. It is common knowledge that, based on numerous studies, consumers prefer to know how much they’re paying and do so up front, rather than get stung by in-app purchases at a later date. However, Apple’s popular music-making app, which was paid previously will now go free, allowing those interested upgrade the experience by securely paying for the privilege.
Numerous sounds and instruments will be available to download, and although this does service as a novel way to get more people into making music on their iOS or Mac devices, it does also mean, without trying to sound cynical, that Apple’s range of instruments may just become more diverse.
The leaks of iWork and iLife apps donning iOS 7-inspired look suggested it was only going to be a matter of time before the updated apps were released to the public, and with so much else going on today in the world of Apple, what better time to come through with them than today?
Also, iWork for iCloud has been updated with a bunch of new features, which brings forth new editing tools, which makes the whole process of creating documents, keynote presentations and spreadsheets a charm.
If you’re interested in any of the iWork or iLife range of apps, or simply want to check out the aesthetic tweaks in-keeping with iOS 7 and OS X Mavericks in general, you will be able to grab them today from App Store and Mac App Store respectively. Oh and both OS X and iOS versions are free with purchase of any new iOS or Mac device.