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.