A new welcome screen has been discovered in iOS 7 beta firmware which hints that Apple might offer its iLife and iWork iOS apps for no charge once it releases iOS 7 to the public later this year.
The iWork and iLife suite of apps are some of the most exquisitely designed and extremely functional applications available for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. iLife apps such as iMovie and iPhoto are sold for $4.99, whereas iWork apps like Numbers and Pages are priced at $9.99 at the moment on the iTunes App Store. When Apple showed off revamped versions of these apps at the iOS 7 unveil last month, no pricing details were mentioned, leading many to believe that the company will make these apps available for free once it releases iOS 7.
This newly discovered welcome screen surely points that way, but it is obviously too soon to think that Apple will go through with this. For we know, the company can have a change of heart at the very last moment. Though right now it is believed that the iWork and iLife suite, which is said to include GarageBand as well, will be available for customers at no charge.
A similar welcome screen was discovered last time around as well with iOS 6 beta firmware. Apple offers these apps for free initially so that customers can get the most out of their devices. Seeing as how apps in both suites perform, that’s hardly an overstatement.