Apple briefly rolled out an updated version of its Built-in apps page, which revealed the all-new icons of the iWorks and iLife apps.
We had got a glimpse of new GarageBand and iPhoto icons when Apple updated the icons of the apps in the iCloud Storage Management section of the Settings app few days back.
The good news is that, Apple plans to also offer the GarageBand app for free with in-app purchases for all iOS 7 compatible devices as the updated version of the page included the following footnote:
GarageBand is free on the App Store for all iOS 7 compatible devices; additional GarageBand instruments and sounds are available with an in-app purchase. iPhoto, iMovie, Pages, Numbers, and Keynote are free on the App Store for qualifying iOS 7 compatible devices activated on or after September 1, 2013.
I was a little surprised that Apple did not offer the GarageBand app for free along with the other iWorks and iLife apps last month. But as MacRumors points out it could be due to licensing fees associated with some of the sounds.
GarageBand will, however, include in-app purchase content from Apple, with additional instruments and sounds available for a fee. Licensing fees associated with some of those sounds had been the presumed reason why GarageBand was left out the original move to make Apple’s iLife and iWork apps for iOS free of charge, and it appears that the company has settled on in-app purchases as a way around this issue, offering basic functionality for free and then premium content through the paid upgrade options.
The updated page also revealed new features such as the ability to create photo books and prints for iPhoto and new “iMovie Theatre” functionality for iMovie.
Apple seems to have accidentally rolled out the updated version of the Built-in apps page, as it has now reverted back the changes.
Apple is widely expected to showcase the new apps at the media event on Tuesday, October 22nd.