When Apple introduced iOS 7 to consumers, it noted that it was also going to provide iLife and iWork applications for free, bringing it on a level with Android and some Windows tablets, which also offer free office suites. Now, the company is preparing to offer GarageBand as a free download, according to a revised (and now pulled) Apple site. “GarageBand is free on the App Store for all iOS 7 compatible devices,” the site said.
Users can still opt to pay for additional content inside of Apple’s music creation software, however. So you’ll get a starter set of sounds and music to play with, but can use the company’s in-app purchasing system to boost the capabilities of the software. MacRumors surmises that Apple probably didn’t make GarageBand free immediately because it still had to work out licensing issues with third-party providers of the tunes stored in GarageBand software. GarageBand for iOS first launched in November, 2011 for $4.99.
The free software options from Apple work on most iOS devices that run iOS 7, but the products have to have been activated on or after Sept. 1 of this year. The launch comes in tandem with re-designed icons for all of Apple’s software products, including iPhoto, iMovie, GarageBand, Pages, Numbers, Keynote and more.
Apple’s page has since been reverted to its old style, which suggests we’ll hear the update officially sometime tomorrow when Apple is expected to announce its new iPads.