Apple profiles free iWork, iLife apps with iOS 7-style icons, depicts free Garage Band with IAP [u]

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in iPhone edited January 2014
At the release of iPhone 5c and 5s, Apple announced it would begin throwing in free copies of its Pages, Numbers, Keynote, iPhoto and iMovie apps. It now says (in text that has since been removed from its website) it will add a free copy of Garage Band, too, with In App Purchases of instruments and sounds.

iApps


Apple's Built-in Apps page for iPhone 5s highlighting "Apple apps on the App Store. Free of charge. Full of possibilities," was changed today to depict iPhoto, iMovie, Garage Band, Keynote, Pages and Numbers with new iOS 7-style icons.

As this article when to press, Apple removed mention of Garage Band (appearing in full below) among the free apps. The screen cap above depicts that the images had been swapped out before the page was fully updated. [Update: the icon images have since been changed back to their original iOS 6 appearance.]

iLife iOS 7


A report by Mac Rumors pointed to text that has since been removed from the site that originally stated, "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."

Last week, Apple added the revamped iOS 7-style icons for the apps in an iCloud settings page. However, neither the apps nor their icons have been updated in the App Store, suggesting that a revamp might come with the Apple Event scheduled for Tuesday October 22.

In a footnote, Apple currently states that "iPhoto, iMovie, Keynote, Pages, and Numbers are free on the App Store for qualifying iOS 7 compatible devices activated on or after September 1, 2013. See www.apple.com/ios/whats-new/ for iOS 7 compatible devices."

The slip appears to indicate that Apple plans to take Garage Band free, but charge an IAP for some licensed content. Apple also presents Pages, Keynote and Numbers, with new iOS 7-style app icons but no apparent update in their features or user interface, which still reflects iOS 6-style textures and buttons.

iWork iOS 7


Apple is also expected to update its desktop versions of iLife and iWork apps, which haven't seen a major version update in some time. Among the features that Apple is likely to include in a future Mac update for iLife is support for new formats captured by iPhone 5s, including SloMo editing and Burst Capture imports.
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  • Reply 1 of 80
    saareksaarek Posts: 1,105member
    I hope Apple gets around to releasing a meaningful update to iWork on the Mac on Tuesday.

    I can't believe that they've essentially ignored it for almost 5 years!
  • Reply 2 of 80
    akqiesakqies Posts: 768member
    Not a smoking gun but certainly an indication that Mac OS X could become free as a way of saving Apple money.
  • Reply 3 of 80
    andysolandysol Posts: 2,506member
    akqies wrote: »
    Not a smoking gun but certainly an indication that Mac OS X could become free as a way of saving Apple money.

    Could you imagine OSX and iWork being free? That'd be interesting to say the least.
  • Reply 4 of 80

    Well, it’s official. I hate Pages’ new icon. And Keynote’s bland. Even Numbers’ icon showed just how different it was from every other spreadsheet application available. Now? Pheh.



    Hopefully they keep them the same on OS X. Not that it matters; I’d just change them back manually. :p

  • Reply 5 of 80
    akqiesakqies Posts: 768member
    Well, it’s official. I hate Pages’ new icon. And Keynote’s bland. Even Numbers’ icon showed just how different it was from every other spreadsheet application available. Now? Pheh.

    Hopefully they keep them the same on OS X. Not that it matters; I’d just change them back manually. :p

    They do look reminiscent of placards you might find next to doors or hallways in an upscale tropical resort hotel.
  • Reply 6 of 80

    One thing about the new iOS 7 icons: they’re not designed to be mesmerizingly detailed with beautiful intricate details. They’re designed to function as icons. 

     

    The purpose of an icon is not to be a beautiful canvas for a work of art that captures the attention of your eye and holds on to it. It is to provide a readily apparent "iconic" representation that allows you to rapidly distinguish between them.

  • Reply 7 of 80
    akqiesakqies Posts: 768member
    One thing about the new iOS 7 icons: they’re not designed to be mesmerizingly detailed with beautiful intricate details. They’re designed to function as icons. 

    The purpose of an icon is not to be a beautiful canvas for a work of art that captures the attention of your eye and holds on to it. It is to provide a readily apparent "iconic" representation that allows you to rapidly distinguish between them.

    I agree with purpose of icons but I wonder why Apple made the clock icon continually show the exact time down to the second.
  • Reply 8 of 80

    I would really like this news if they didn't make my 5s blue screen. 

  • Reply 9 of 80
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    Originally Posted by saarek View Post



    I hope Apple gets around to releasing a meaningful update to iWork on the Mac on Tuesday.



    I can't believe that they've essentially ignored it for almost 5 years!

     

    What do you want? A Ribbon interface? :smokey:

  • Reply 10 of 80
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    Originally Posted by Tallest Skil View Post

     

    Well, it’s official. I hate Pages’ new icon. 


     

    You could say they've drawn the line on tasteful icons. <img class=" src="http://forums-files.appleinsider.com/images/smilies//lol.gif" />

  • Reply 11 of 80
    adonissmuadonissmu Posts: 1,772member
    I like the new icons. I wasn't a fan of the skEWWW!

    It's like classical home styling vs contemporary home styling. I like nice clean and simple design. I don't like ornate crap.
  • Reply 12 of 80
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    Originally Posted by akqies View Post



    Not a smoking gun but certainly an indication that Mac OS X could become free as a way of saving Apple money.

     

    Spare me. OS X doesn't cost Apple money. They profit off its sale.

  • Reply 13 of 80
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by AdonisSMU View Post



    I like the new icons. I wasn't a fan of the skEWWW!



    It's like classical home styling vs contemporary home styling. I like nice clean and simple design. I don't like ornate crap.

     

    To each their own. We aren't living in 2bit gray scale, in a world of flat. Skewww is attempting to make icons look like real life equivalents. Quality iconic design being 2D has its place. Now if they'd dump the frosted white glass look which gives us the fru-fru look I'd know then that Jony was removed from wrongly being put in charge of the HIG.

  • Reply 14 of 80
    akqiesakqies Posts: 768member
    Spare me. OS X doesn't cost Apple money. They profit off its sale.

    Nothing in my comment suggested they don't make money off of OS X. My comment suggests that there is a tipping point where offering OS X for free could save Apple money (read: make them more money) than selling it, the same way that selling at a continually lower price-point was a financially viable move.
  • Reply 15 of 80
    MacProMacPro Posts: 18,147member
    andysol wrote: »
    Could you imagine OSX and iWork being free? That'd be interesting to say the least.

    We'll see on Tuesday but my money is on OS X 10.9 being very inexpensive but not free. The funny thing about humans is they often undervalue free stuff. However, that is the least of their problems to be sure.
  • Reply 16 of 80
    tbelltbell Posts: 3,146member
    akqies wrote: »
    Not a smoking gun but certainly an indication that Mac OS X could become free as a way of saving Apple money.

    Not a chance OSX will be free. Apple uses an accounting method that allows it to bring new features to ios devices for free. It does not do this for Macs. Further is charging twenty dollars unreasonable? I never bought upgrades when they were $129. Now I do not think twice about it. Finally, even if Apple changed its accounting method for makes to allow for free upgrades on new Macs, I do not see how giving it away free helps Apple make money. The cell phone market is highly competive and the free ios apps give Apple an edge.
  • Reply 17 of 80
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    Originally Posted by akqies View Post





    I agree with purpose of icons but I wonder why Apple made the clock icon continually show the exact time down to the second.

     

    That’s how clocks work. It’s also not distracting detail, and you don’t notice it unless you start at it.

  • Reply 18 of 80
    MacProMacPro Posts: 18,147member
    To each their own. We aren't living in 2bit gray scale, in a world of flat. Skewww is attempting to make icons look like real life equivalents. Quality iconic design being 2D has its place. Now if they'd dump the frosted white glass look which gives us the fru-fru look I'd know then that Jony was removed from wrongly being put in charge of the HIG.

    Design is a bit like a war, the winner re writes history. I am a European that moved to the States 25 years ago and laughed at male 'yanks' wearing silly long shorts at the beach. Today as I lay on the white sands of Siesta Beach, Florida I found myself seeing Europeans in speedos as looking very odd. :D
  • Reply 19 of 80
    hill60hill60 Posts: 6,989member
    Spare me. OS X doesn't cost Apple money. They profit off its sale.

    It's a good thing all the people who work on it work for free then, otherwise it would cost Apple money.

    Hang on.
  • Reply 20 of 80
    Originally Posted by hill60 View Post

    It's a good thing all the people who work on it work for free then, otherwise it would cost Apple money.



    Hang on.

     

    He means “the development and sale of OS X isn’t a net loss for Apple”, not that “it costs no money to develop and sell OS X”.

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