Apple's GarageBand, iMovie, and iWork apps are now completely free

A host of Apple's most popular productivity and digital creation apps are now free on iOS and macOS.

The update stands to help consumers who purchase second-hand or used Apple devices, too.

iMovie, Numbers, Keynote, Pages, and GarageBand for both Mac and iOS devices have been updated and are now listed in the App Store for free.

As first spotted by MacRumors, Apple on Tuesday updated GarageBand, iMovie, Keynote, Pages, and Numbers for Mac and iOS, so that those apps are now free.

Previously, the Mac versions of these apps cost $19.99 per app, and the iOS versions cost $9.99 per app.

It's not entirely clear why Apple chose to make these apps free to all applicable users, though it may have something to do with the growing number of free alternatives online. In late 2013, Apple began offering the software for free to anyone that purchased a new Apple device - either a Mac or iPhone / iPad - on or after September 1st, 2013.

It's not as well-known as Microsoft Word, but Apple makes a complete suite of office apps called iWork that directly competes with Microsoft Office. Apple users who hadn't made a device purchase in the last few years, on the other hand, still had to buy the apps directly from the App Store.

  • Patricia Jimenez