Apple teases free GarageBand in iOS 7

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Apple temporarily added GarageBand to the list of built-in apps for the iPhone 5s and other iOS 7 devices yesterday — also showing off new icons for the entire iLife and iWork line-up before quickly reverting the changes.

Apple's GarageBand app on iPhone.
(Credit: Apple)

First noticed by MacRumors, the changes extended as far as new, iOS 7-themed icons for the five iWork and iLife apps (iPhoto, iMovie, Pages, Numbers, Keynote), which are bundled free with any iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch sold or activated for the first time after September 1.

Apple's GarageBand music-making app was also added to the list of built-in apps before the entire page was reverted to an earlier version.

According to MacRumors, the text for GarageBand's entry in the list said, "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. iPhoto, iMovie, Pages, Numbers and Keynote are free on the App Store for qualifying iOS 7-compatible devices activated on or after September 1, 2013."

When the iLife and iWork suite of apps were given away for free with any new activations of Apple devices running iOS 7, GarageBand was a notable omission; its reliance on licensed instrument sounds meant that it couldn't be included.

Apple will instead add in-app purchases for GarageBand to allow the basic version to be downloaded for free. GarageBand's current price is AU$5.49 on the Apple App Store.

The quickly removed page on Apple's website also listed new features for a variety of built-in apps. Photo books and prints are added to iPhoto, although this service may not be offered locally, and iMovie Theater adds multi-device sharing of user-created videos.

Apple is widely expected to officially announce these updates, along with a refreshed iPad and other new devices and software, at tomorrow morning's iPad event in San Francisco.

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