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Apple now allows all Mac and iOS users the ability to download iMovie, GarageBand, Pages, Numbers and Keynote for free. In the past these apps were free when you purchased new hardware, but now it is free for all users when  Apple today updated several of its Mac and iOS apps, making them available for all Mac and iOS users for free in the App Store. By dropping the price to free for all users makes it less confusing and opens up downloads for those who have not recently made a new device purchase. iMovie and GarageBand are part of Apple’s iLife suite of apps for iOS and Mac. Pages, Numbers and Keynote were part of iWork and also available cross-platform through the iCloud website. And best of all you can download for free (Could anyone complain about this? Dan Moren at MacWorld does). If you are not familiar with these apps lets review what they can do for you.

 

With  iMovie for iOS and macOS, you can enjoy your videos like never before. It’s easy to browse your clips and create Hollywood-style trailers and stunning 4K-resolution movies. You can even start editing on iPhone or iPad, then finish on your Mac. And when you’re ready to premiere your movie on all your devices, iMovie Theater rolls out the red carpet. Whether you’re using a Mac or an iOS device, it’s never been easier to make it in the movies. Just choose your clips, then add titles, music, and effects. iMovie even supports 4K video for stunning cinema-quality films. Apple’s iMovie for macOS was updated more recently on April 13, and includes some bug fixes. It requires macOS 10.11.2 or better, and occupies 2.15GB of storage space. Requires iOS 9.3 or later and occupies 697MB.

 

GarageBand is a whole music creation studio right inside your Mac — with a complete sound library that includes software instruments, presets for guitar and voice, and virtual session drummers. An intuitive interface makes it easy to learn, play, record, create, and share your hits worldwide. It’s never been easier to make music like a pro. You can also download GarageBand for iOS. GarageBand for iOS is the most popular music creation app in the world. Whether you’re a novice or an experienced musician, you’ll find much to love about it. Tap into a wide range of instruments, including the new Alchemy synthesizer. Find your favorite sounds quickly with the streamlined Sound Browser. And you can do it all right from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch — so it’s easy to create and share incredible beats no matter where you are. Requires macOS 10.10 or better, and takes 956MB of storage space. Requires iOS 9.3 or later and occupies 1.7GB.

 

Pages is a powerful word processor that lets you create documents that look beautiful and read beautifully. And with real-time collaboration, your team can work together on a Mac, iPad, or iPhone — even on a PC using iWork for iCloud. Pages lets you collaborate with one person or many people to create and edit documents. And everyone can work at the same time, from across town or on the other side of the world. Require macOS 10.12 or greater and occupies 230MB. Requires iOS 10.0 or later and occupies 481MB.

 


With Numbers, you can create beautiful spreadsheets that include impressive charts, tables, and images. And with real-time collaboration, your team can work together on a Mac, iPad, or iPhone — even on a PC using iWork for iCloud. Numbers makes it easy for any group to collaborate on spreadsheets that truly stand out. And anyone can contribute to and edit a spreadsheet at the same time, using the same powerful features. From across town or on the other side of the world. Require macOS 10.12 or greater and occupies 173MB. Requires iOS 10.0 or later and occupies 361MB.

 


Keynote makes it easy to create stunning and memorable presentations with its powerful tools and dazzling effects. And with real-time collaboration, your team can work together on a Mac, iPad, or iPhone — even on a PC using iWork for iCloud. Keynote makes it easy for you and your team to create beautiful presentations together, from anywhere. It lets everyone work at the same time, with access to the same powerful tools. Require macOS 10.12 or greater and occupies 472MB. Requires iOS 10.0 or later and occupies 695MB.