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  • iOS 7 App Store Welcome Screen Suggests iWork, iLife May Become Free App Suites


    An alert in iOS 7 noticed by German site ifun suggests that Apple’s iWork and iLife software suites for iOS may soon go free for users to download from the App Store. The alert, when translated from German to English, states:

    For optimum Usage of the iPad, we recommend these free apps from Apple.
    Applications like Pages, Keynote, and Numbers of the iWork suite are included in the list and are usually $9.99 per application. In addition, applications like iPhoto and iMovie of the iLife suite are included in the list and are usually $4.99 per application. Interestingly, Garageband isn’t on the list. Other free applications that have always been on this list are also shown, such as Find my iPhone, Find my Friends, iBooks, etc.

    The “Hey we’re Apple check out the free applications we offer” alert isn’t new to iOS; it has been around even in older versions of iOS like iOS 6, but this is the first time we are seeing Apple’s premium applications in the alert, and more, in an alert meant to make users aware of Apple's free applications.

    We aren’t sure yet if this is just some kind of glitch in iOS 7 beta, but it is rumored that Apple may make these premium applications free with the launch of iOS 7 this Fall. If this ends up to be true, users will be able to download software once worth about $45 completely free of charge.

    Sources: ifun via MacRumors
    This article was originally published in forum thread: iOS 7 App Store Welcome Screen Suggests iWork, iLife May Become Free App Suites started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 14 Comments
    1. Sakyr's Avatar
      Sakyr -
      That would be awesome! I never bought them due to the pricing! I do have garage band as I found it was good to make music on the go!!

      I wish they do go free so I could get the whole suite for free!
    1. atorres062's Avatar
      atorres062 -
      OH HELL NO!!!! I just bought both Pages & Numbers, it better be a glitch.
    1. filabeaner's Avatar
      filabeaner -
      Do you think it'll really be free or become a part of some subscription based service?
    1. Silverado1987's Avatar
      Silverado1987 -
      Or it could just be a page to show all of apples apps
    1. Perceptum's Avatar
      Perceptum -
      Quote Originally Posted by atorres062 View Post
      OH HELL NO!!!! I just bought both Pages & Numbers, it better be a glitch.
      OH HELL YEA!!!! Glad I waited before spending $20. This better not be a glitch.
    1. vinaygoel2000's Avatar
      vinaygoel2000 -
      Quote Originally Posted by atorres062 View Post
      OH HELL NO!!!! I just bought both Pages & Numbers, it better be a glitch.
      Don't eat for a day and call it even. You can say you are on a diet/fasting.
    1. xboxbml's Avatar
      xboxbml -
      Lol...
    1. yearoftherat's Avatar
      yearoftherat -
      Quote Originally Posted by Sakyr View Post
      That would be awesome! I never bought them due to the pricing! I do have garage band as I found it was good to make music on the go!!

      I wish they do go free so I could get the whole suite for free!
      +1 Fingers crossed
    1. Cokeman's Avatar
      Cokeman -
      I've bought each of those apps. I've used them enough to more than pay for themselves. I hope they do make them free, so more users can see how good the apps are.
    1. GrumpySod's Avatar
      GrumpySod -
      Good apps and had them for sometime although its never nice saying apps you have paid for going free it's a good thing in this case as they are great apps that do what they say and would help stop people paying for apps that are rubbish
    1. Perceptum's Avatar
      Perceptum -
      Quote Originally Posted by Cokeman View Post
      I've bought each of those apps. I've used them enough to more than pay for themselves. I hope they do make them free, so more users can see how good the apps are.
      That is exactly how people should look at things.
    1. Shigoroku's Avatar
      Shigoroku -
      Quote Originally Posted by atorres062 View Post
      OH HELL NO!!!! I just bought both Pages & Numbers, it better be a glitch.
      You'll probably get iTunes / App Store credit automatically.

      By the way, this was not the first indicator. beta.icloud.com has allowed me to use these for quite a while now and I do not own the iOS or OSX apps.
    1. LucySterling's Avatar
      LucySterling -
      Quote Originally Posted by Sakyr View Post
      That would be awesome! I never bought them due to the pricing! I do have garage band as I found it was good to make music on the go!!

      I wish they do go free so I could get the whole suite for free!
      Well said, I'm with you on this one all the way. Apple needs to step up their game, this suite would be awesome!
    1. bajinder_budhwar's Avatar
      bajinder_budhwar -
      Has anyone tried iOS 7 yet?