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iOS 7 beta hints at iWork suite going free in near future

updated 11:35 am EDT, Tue July 9, 2013

Several paid Apple apps included in first-time recommendations

An oddity in the latest iOS 7 beta suggests that Apple could make the iOS edition of iWork and/or several other of its apps free. The App Store's first-time recommendation window, which suggests Apple apps to download, is currently including the iWork apps -- Pages, Keynote, Numbers -- as well as several other paid titles, like iMovie, iPhoto, and GarageBand. The window normally only mentions free apps, such as iBooks and Find My iPhone.

Making iWork for iOS free may make sense in light of iWork for iCloud, which will be free to iCloud subscribers when it launches later this year. The apps would also be a strong incentive to go with iOS, and pose competition for other free productivity apps, such as Google's. Free iMovie, iPhoto, and GarageBand releases might likewise give Apple an edge.

by MacNN Staff



  1. cashxx

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    Joined: 04-13-09

    I think they should be free to counter Google and Microsoft. iCloud versions and App Store versions should be free. iCloud storage needs to be raised as well to compete with Google with 15GB free.

  1. cashxx

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    Joined: 04-13-09

    Along with iLife as well!

  1. driven

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    Joined: 05-08-01

    I've been using the beta of iCloud / iWork. It works better than I anticipated. I'm impressed

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