In the past, Apple charged money for their popular software used for productivity and media editing. In 2013, the company began shipping new machines and mobile devices with these software included or available for download free-of-charge with a purchase of a new device yet users of legacy devices still had to pay for access to these programs.
As of today, the company has removed the new purchase requirement and opened up free access to iMovie, Garage Band and the iWork suite which includes Pages, Numbers & Keynote (a direct competitor to Microsoft's Office software and Google Docs). You'll still have to pay for their high-end Final Cut Pro X and Motion software on Mac so don't expect this free anytime soon.
While this is great news for those who want to take advantage of the free software on an older device, you'll still need to make sure your phone, tablet or Mac fits the minimum operating requirements listed below:
- iWork Mac: macOS 10.12 or later
- iWork iOS: iOS 10.0 or later
- iMovie Mac: macOS 10.11.2 or later
- iMovie iOS: iOS 9.3 or later
- GarageBand Mac: macOS 10.10 or later
- GarageBand iOS: iOS 10.2 or later