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Apple has begun offering iTunes credit to customers who purchased both a new iOS device and iPhoto, iMovie, or the iWork suite of apps after September 1.



On September 10, Apple announced that the aforementioned apps would be free to customers purchasing an eligible iOS device. Some users, though, had purchased eligible devices earlier in the month and then gone on to buy one or several of Apple's productivity or creativity apps. Now, the iPhone maker is sending out notifications to those customers that they are eligible for an iTunes credit in the value of the total cost of the apps they purchased, according to MacRumors.

The iTunes credit can be used toward the purchase of any content in the iTunes Store, be it an app, an iBook, or music.

Pages normally sells for $10 in the App Store, as do Numbers and Keynote. Apple's iMovie and iPhoto sell for $5 each. Due to Apple's pricing change, customers buying a new iPhone, iPod, or iPad are now receiving $40 in free software. In the case of the iWork suite, users now have a relatively platform agnostic solution, as the productivity suite works on desktop and notebook browsers as well as on iOS devices thanks to Apple's release of iWork for iCloud.
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All these apps still show up with a price for me, even though I'm using a 5S. Glitch, or what?

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All these apps still show up with a price for me, even though I'm using a 5S. Glitch, or what?
Sounds like not fully activated, sadly having a iPhone 5 and purchasing them all in august, I feel ripped off, I would have not wasted a est. $50 on these on IOS, and I assume the same deal will go to Mac, so another $60, $100ish that could go to a new IOS device but did not due to the unfree; more I wonder If people who bought devices and the apps in September before the keynote get a refund or not.
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Yeah it's free for new devices. That's nice. But would be nicer if it doesn't cause bsod.
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Originally Posted by solitaryan View Post
Yeah it's free for new devices. That's nice. But would be nicer if it doesn't cause bsod.

 

Which it doesn’t, save for only the 5S and only in special circumstances. Come on.

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I bought iPhoto and iMovie on September 3 and a refurb iPad mini from the Apple Store on September 15. Should I be eligible or does the refurb mini not count as "new"?
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Yeah it's free for new devices. That's nice. But would be nicer if it doesn't cause bsod.

 

I'm glad you signed up just to say that. Nice trolling....

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Sounds like not fully activated, sadly having a iPhone 5 and purchasing them all in august, I feel ripped off, I would have not wasted a est. $50 on these on IOS, and I assume the same deal will go to Mac, so another $60, $100ish that could go to a new IOS device but did not due to the unfree; more I wonder If people who bought devices and the apps in September before the keynote get a refund or not.

 

So what do you want Apple to do? Say okay the people who bought these apps in August can now get them free. And then the ones who purchased these apps in July will whine and complain. You have to draw the line somewhere. 

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Just annoyed that the sensors are not calibrated properly and the bsod bug. I hope it's all software issue and not hardware
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All these apps still show up with a price for me, even though I'm using a 5S. Glitch, or what?

Was like this for me too. On the Featured page scroll down to Must-Have Collections and then across to Apps made for Apple.  I was able to download them free from there.

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Hey I have an iPhone 5 and iPad 4 bought some time ago and the iWork apps are all now free..
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Hey I have an iPhone 5 and iPad 4 bought some time ago and the iWork apps are all now free..
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That's the advantage of an integrated ecosystem like Apple's, they can look back at who recently bought both a new computer and software and give them a refund.

 

I remember last year when I bought a new Mac. Next time I logged in to the Mac App Store, the latest versions of iLife apps had all been added to my account - even though I hadn't purchased them - because in setting up the new Mac I used my Apple id, and all new Macs come with free versions of these apps, so they found my account and added them to the purchase history - nice.

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Hey I have an iPhone 5 and iPad 4 bought some time ago and the iWork apps are all now free..

Good news; you can still buy them. I must say, pretty late to the game; iWork apps all came out in 2010.

I really don't understand why people hold off their purchases for 3 years and then whine about them becoming free. This must be an Android thing, expecting everything in life to be free.
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The point I was making is that I've not recently bought an iOS device and I've never purchased iWorks on iOS but now they are showing up as free. So I don't understand why people are stating that they are still for purchase? 

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Good news; you can still buy them. I must say, pretty late to the game; iWork apps all came out in 2010.

This must be an Android thing, expecting everything in life to be free.

Perhaps an iPhone thing too? 90% of all iOS apps in use on them are free.
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All these apps still show up with a price for me, even though I'm using a 5S. Glitch, or what?
I called the Apple 800 number and then said I wanted to buy iWork's and spoke to someone to get them to add it to my iTunes account. It took 2 calls but finally got codes. Then redeemed them but they did not show up in my iTunes account which took several more calls.
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Good news; you can still buy them. I must say, pretty late to the game; iWork apps all came out in 2010.

I really don't understand why people hold off their purchases for 3 years and then whine about them becoming free. This must be an Android thing, expecting everything in life to be free.
If you purchased a qualifying device it is not an expectation that it would be free but a reality that it is free. I had been using a different office type product and when I heard I could get these for free I figured I'd try it. Nothing to do with android.
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Originally Posted by PhilBoogie View Post

Good news; you can still buy them. I must say, pretty late to the game; iWork apps all came out in 2010.

This must be an Android thing, expecting everything in life to be free.

Perhaps an iPhone thing too? 90% of all iOS apps in use on them are free.

No idea, so you're probably right as you always look this stuff up. But I was referring to people who whine about stuff they paid for before it became free. And Android users are known to be wanting everything to be free, even if that has never been proven.
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Why is apple even offering all of their iOS apps for free at all?

They have no competition in this area. Where is the incentive to build and improve these apps for their own platform if they give them away?

Are sales of iOS devices so dire they have to bundle apps now?

I don't see Apple bundling the same applications on the Mac to drive Mac sales which are respectively in the toilet (along with all other PC sales).

So what's this about?
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Lack of updates for these apps is pathetic. If they can't hire enough people to work on this much software simultaneously, they have problems.
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more I wonder If people who bought devices and the apps in September before the keynote get a refund or not.

Yes they are getting refunds. That is exactly what the article is about.

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Originally Posted by Mac_128 View Post
Why is apple even offering all of their iOS apps for free at all? They have no competition in this area. 

 

Office for iOS will exist. Apple is pouring axle grease on the ledge from which they’ll be dangling by their fingertips.

 
Originally Posted by pmz View Post
Lack of updates for these apps is pathetic.
 

Pretending that Apple isn’t a few months away from updating iWork across their entire product line is pathetic.

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Why is apple even offering all of their iOS apps for free at all?

They have no competition in this area. Where is the incentive to build and improve these apps for their own platform if they give them away?
That was already an issue with iWork, there is a healthy need for an update.
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Are sales of iOS devices so dire they have to bundle apps now?

I don't see Apple bundling the same applications on the Mac to drive Mac sales which are respectively in the toilet (along with all other PC sales).

So what's this about?
Hammering another nail in MicroSofts coffin.
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Office for iOS will exist. Apple is pouring axle grease on the ledge from which they’ll be dangling by their fingertips.
I do believe Apple has a strategy here to keep MS of balance.
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Pretending that Apple isn’t a few months away from updating iWork across their entire product line is pathetic.

What is more pathetic, pretending that Apple is actually working on the apps? I haven't seen any signs at all of an update coming that matches what the suite needs.
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Office for iOS will exist. Apple is pouring axle grease on the ledge from which they’ll be dangling by their fingertips.

Pretending that Apple isn’t a few months away from updating iWork across their entire product line is pathetic.

Will exist in a year, two years, 5 years? MS is not known for their reliable release dates. Either way, I seriously doubt when MS gets around to offering Office for iOS, that they will be dangling by their fingertips. Even if the iOS community embraces the iWork suite, which offers MS compatibility, as soon as a native option exists, it's hard to imagine the corporate users won't immediately jump ship to it. Word, Excel, and Outlook are THE business standard. Unless MS really screws the pooch, I don't see this changing, even if Windows ends up going the way of the dodo. Pages comes nowhere near as close to doing everything Word can, nor can Numbers to Excel, nor Mail to Outlook. Perhaps Apple will step up its game when they actually have some competition, but I don't see that as their focus. Apple seems to support their business productivity software as a courtesy where a giant gaping hole exists in their platform. I'm sorry, Apple might not have made it had MS not stepped up with a commitment to the Mac platform when Jobs took over. Since then, Apple has become a much more consumer oriented company selling music and movies over office productivity. If Word never shows up on iOS, it won't affect Apple's business model at all. However, Apple recognizes that they can't be taken seriously in Enterprise without some basic apps that permit word processing and spreadsheet activities, even if that's not the primary purpose of their devices.

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Originally Posted by wizard69 View Post
What is more pathetic, pretending that Apple is actually working on the apps?

 

I dunno, they explicitly said they were. They can’t really lie to us, so I’d go ahead and believe them.

 

Originally Posted by Mac_128 View Post
Word, Excel, and Outlook are THE business standard.

 

Not for long.

 
However, Apple recognizes that they can’t be taken seriously in Enterprise…


Mixed messages here. You say they won’t be taken seriously, then you say they don’t care, then you say they want to be. On top of it all, iPads are the only thing that businesses are buying, out in the real world.

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Originally Posted by Mac_128 View Post

Why is apple even offering all of their iOS apps for free at all?

They have no competition in this area. Where is the incentive to build and improve these apps for their own platform if they give them away?

Are sales of iOS devices so dire they have to bundle apps now?

I don't see Apple bundling the same applications on the Mac to drive Mac sales which are respectively in the toilet (along with all other PC sales).

So what's this about?

 

iLife style.

 

Sales of iOS devices recently amounted to 9 million over what, the span of a weekend or so (provided you've been paying attention to the news.) 

 

Your concerns don't figure.

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Not for long.
And what iWork is going to replace Office in the near future!? I would love to see any legitimate validation of that theory by a respected third party source.

If Apple is giving away their software, I'm not sure how they expect to fund the development of world class business software to crush Office in the foreseeable future.
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If Apple is giving away their software, I'm not sure how they expect to fund the development of world class business software to crush Office in the foreseeable future.

??

 

They're paying the employees responsible for creating that software?

 

I'm not sure what you're trying to say. 

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Originally Posted by Mac_128 View Post
a respected third party source.

 

😏

 
If Apple is giving away their software, I'm not sure how they expect to fund the development of world class business software to crush Office in the foreseeable future. 

They sure don’t sell hardware or anything. 😫

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Lack of updates for these apps is pathetic. 

They wasted all their time doing a web based version.

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Not for long.

 

What do you base that on?  The Mac is not making inroads into corporate America at any decent clip - that's the domain of HP and Dell still.  iPads have enjoyed tremendous success, yes, and will continue to be the tablet standard.  But you don't seriously expect businesses to start pounding out presentations and spreadsheets on iPads, do you?  If Apple were to make iWorks available for Windows then you might be right, but otherwise it's just not going to happen.  iWorks will always have a very small market, and Apple realizes this.  Making it free gives it the best chance of growing.

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" And what iWork is going to replace Office in the near future!? I would love to see any legitimate validation of that theory by a respected third party source."

 
Legitimate validation? Why? I don't understand what the big deal is about MS Office, on a day to day basis most people just want to create simple documents, spreadsheets or presentations which pretty much any alternative can do with ease. The old compatibility argument is rapidly disappearing due to large corporations both private and public looking reduce costs, willing to sacrifice familiarity and little used extra functionality. Office reliance is diminishing due to the shear amount of quality free offerings.
 
So I throw back the question albeit modified :- I would love to see any legitimate argument for the dominance of MS Office.
 

 

 

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What do you base that on?  The Mac is not making inroads into corporate America at any decent clip - that's the domain of HP and Dell still.  iPads have enjoyed tremendous success, yes, and will continue to be the tablet standard.  But you don't seriously expect businesses to start pounding out presentations and spreadsheets on iPads, do you?  If Apple were to make iWorks available for Windows then you might be right, but otherwise it's just not going to happen.  iWorks will always have a very small market, and Apple realizes this.  Making it free gives it the best chance of growing.

iWorks will be shortly coming to Windows..

https://www.apple.com/iwork-for-icloud/

 

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WHO purchased. Come on.
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Personally I feel the fool for having paid for them when they came out (Numbers, Pages, and Keynote.) They're not really even compatable with the OS X versions,[many basic features missing] much less with Microsoft or OpenOffice.

I assume these apps are more useable with the larger screen of the iPad, but Ive always wondered if the version running on iPads is more compatible with the OS X versions too. Otherwise I'm surprised anyone can use them. They've really been no use to me.

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iWorks will be shortly coming to Windows..

https://www.apple.com/iwork-for-icloud/

 

 

Although cool in it's own right, the "cloud" isn't "Windows."

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So I throw back the question albeit modified :- I would love to see any legitimate argument for the dominance of MS Office.

 

While the iApps are decent, and now, even more affordable, they aren't very robust. Numbers is totally unusable for enterprise use and only suitable for the most basic and simple personal use. Pages is better, but still pretty limited too. Only Keynote really is robust (perhaps it's the only one Steve used?)

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