Apple releases next-gen 64-bit iWork and iLife apps for OS X and iOS; free with new Macs and iOS devices

Apple today announced its groundbreaking iWork productivity apps, Pages, Numbers and Keynote and award-winning iLife creativity apps, iPhoto, iMovie and GarageBand have been completely redesigned to take full advantage of OS X Mavericks and iOS 7. All apps have been updated to 64-bit, are integrated with iCloud, and are loaded with hundreds of new features that let you do more than ever across your Apple devices. Apple today also announced that both iWork and iLife are now free with the purchase of every new Mac or iOS device.

“This is the biggest day for apps in Apple’s history,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services, in a statement. “These new versions deliver seamless experiences across devices that you can’t find anywhere else and are packed with great features like iMovie Theater, Drummer and a new unified file format for iWork documents across all your devices.”

An all new iWork for Mac and iOS makes creating, editing and sharing documents easier than ever. iWork introduces a new, unified file format, delivering perfect document fidelity across Mac, iOS and iCloud, and the iWork for iCloud beta now includes support for real-time collaboration. Now you can create your document on iPad®, edit it on your Mac and collaborate with friends in iWork for iCloud, even if they’re on a PC. A brand new UI makes iWork even simpler to use, yet provides all of the powerful tools you need to create amazing documents, spreadsheets and presentations.

Apple releases next-gen 64-bit iWork and iLife apps for OS X and iOS; free with new Macs and iOS devices
Apple releases next-gen 64-bit iWork and iLife apps for OS X and iOS; free with new Macs and iOS devices

iPhoto for Mac and iOS are now 64-bit, making browsing and editing faster and smoother than ever. Inspired by iOS 7, iPhoto for iOS sports a clean, new design that’s simpler and more beautiful than ever. New tools and effects let you create more dramatic images in both color and black and white. Now you can also share your favorite images as custom slideshows that you can pause, rewind and fast forward using gestures, or order them as professional-quality prints, including panoramas, and as gorgeous hard cover books that you create using Multi-Touch.

iMovie for Mac and iOS have been redesigned to make it easier than ever to browse your video library and instantly share your favorite moments. iMovie for Mac includes simplified editing tools that let you quickly improve the look of your movie, add fun effects, and speed up or slow down your video. iMovie for iOS brings desktop-class moviemaking to your iPhone and iPad, so you can create split screen and picture-in-picture effects or advanced audio edits in just a few taps. And with iMovie Theater, you can watch your shared clips, movies, and trailers on all your Apple devices, even your Apple TV.*

GarageBand for Mac has received its biggest update ever with a fresh new look, all new Sound Library, and amazing new features, like Drummer and Smart Controls, giving you everything you need to easily make a great-sounding song. GarageBand for iOS has been updated to match the look and feel of iOS 7 and taps the power of 64-bit to bring musicians a full recording studio with up to 32 tracks. With iOS 7 Inter-App Audio you can record third-party music apps right into GarageBand, and AirDrop® allows you to wirelessly share your song projects with other iOS users so you can work on songs together. iCloud helps keep your song projects up to date across your devices, and users can start a song on iOS and pick up where they left off using GarageBand for Mac.

Pricing & Availability

iWork and iLife for Mac come free with every new Mac purchase. Existing users running Mavericks can update their apps for free from the Mac App Store. iWork and iLife for iOS are available for free from the App Store℠ for any new device running iOS 7, and are also available as free updates for existing users. GarageBand for Mac and iOS are free for all OS X Mavericks and iOS 7 users. Additional GarageBand instruments and sounds are available for a one-time in-app purchase of $4.99 for each platform.

*iMovie Theater requires iCloud to keep your shared content up to date across all your devices.

Source: Apple Inc.

More info about Apple’s all-new iLife and iWork apps here.


  1. Well it appears that the updates aren’t included if you used the iWork disc to originally install the iWork Suite and now iclouds IWork apps are pointless to me unless it’s just a delayed update.

    1. That is incorrect.

      I was reading the Macworld article, and it suggested that clicking the “Purchases” button (in the Mac App store) would help. The iWork apps still are not under “Purchases”, but now I see available updates for all my iLife and iWork apps (which I installed from DVD).

  2. A FYI on iMovie 10.0 released today, if you have a Mid-2007 iMac. Mavericks installed just fine, but iMovie says the graphics card does not support it, so it won’t download an install. IPhoto worked, but GarageBand hasn’t shown up for upgrade yet, so I don’t know if it will work.

    I’m not impressed. I thought Mavericks would optimize my Mac enough for all of the new iLife apps to work but apparently not.

    My iMac has the ATI HD Radeon 2600 Pro 256 MB graphics card. I would think that would run iMovie if even at a slower rate given that Mavericks installs and runs quite nicely.

    I do hope that the new iMovie might be supported with a point update. Should I hold my breath? Sigh….

  3. BEWARE. The new OS X Pages (Pages 5) is a downgrade. By “downgrade” I mean they butchered it wholesale and removed a raft of features. To call it an upgrade, they have to fix broken things and add new things, which they did not do.

    I have just learned from the Apple discussions forum that Apple deleted a boatload of features from OS X Pages to put it in parity with Pages Jr. on iOS. The result is unusable for a lot of people. Mail merge is missing. The pages bar is missing, so you can’t rearrange pages or copy them to another document. You can’t have different languages for different paragraph. There is no vertical ruler any more. And others. Now you may say, “I don’t use that feature, so I’m okay,” but beware. There might be other deleted features that make it a no-go.

    I went to the Apple Store last night, but they didn’t have it installed yet. D’oh! Of course not, it was too soon. I’ll make another trip tonight with test documents on a USB drive.

    The only problem I have is that I want to buy a new iMac, but it comes with Pages 5, which I can’t use. It is silly, but true: I can’t buy a new Mac until I can port Pages 09 to it, or find a new word processor and convert my 3,000 files to its format.

  4. I hate hate hate the changes to pages and numbers.. the intuitiveness is reduced. It’s total change for changes sake. Fixing things that weren’t broken… and now I have to change on my other computer because it changes the files. I don’t understand Apple. They had the best system, but wish to reduce the quality, Why?

    1. @Ronel, you are not alone. There are thousands of people from every nation, tribe, and language who share your sentiments. Lately it seems that upgrading means going back to the previous version.

      We need iWorks for Grownups?

      We should all put in feedback. In mine, I said, “What is the address of the asylum, so I can send flowers to the project manager”? and ended with “Please be Apple again.”

  5. The iWork suit is a disaster for me on mavericks, Luckly I’ve got that on an external drive. The worst thing for me is that if you “upgrade” your IOS apps then you HAVE to use the downgraded mavericks apps as you do if you open them in iCloud. So for now I am gunshy of updating any of the iLife or iWork suit on IOS.

    My question is (I’m on snow leopard) can I safely update my iPad to IOS iPhoto 2 and still sinc with OS X 10.6.8 with iPhoto 9.2.3

    1. Yes, this is groundbreaking software, that is, if the groundbreaking takes place in a cemetery.

      The lesson I am learning (or mislearning?) is: don’t use Apple’s software for anything essential that produces a huge number of files or files that you’ll need to keep for years. Instead, Use a third-party solution that has demonstrated staying power.

      If you use Apple software, don’t save files in Apple’s native format. Instead, export them into in some commonly used format so you won’t have a desperate search for a batch file converter in the future.

      Most word processors can import DOC or RTF files.. None can import Pages files. Export, don’t save.

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