September is proving to be a good month for those who invest in a new iOS device such as the new iPhone 5S, 5C or iPad 4, iPad Mini, or iPod. Along with the release of the new iPhone 5 devices, Apple have also released the completely-overhauled new operating system iOS 7 across all iOS platforms. If this was not enough Apple have added an extra sweetener for anyone who buys a new iPhone, iPad or iPod this Autumn. Since September 1st Apple has been offering anyone who has purchased an iOS 7 compatible device can get iWork and iLife apps free. The free titles available are Pages, Numbers and Keynote from the iWork suite and iPhoto and iMovie from iLife.
For those of you who pickup a new iOS device and download the apps for free you are already making a saving of $39.95 which the apps normally retail for in the App Store. The iWork applications are also the best solution for document creation and editing on your mobile devices as an alternative to Microsoft Office, for which Microsoft are still yet to develop an app. The iWork apps are more user friendly than the competing Microsoft Office alternative apps with Pages being the word-processing/ publishing tool, Numbers for creating spreadsheets and Keynote for presentations. The apps have been designed to take advantage of the iOS multi-touch gestures and this adds extra functionality.
Ok so Apple is not being completely altruistic as the more you use Pages, Numbers and Keynote on your iOS device, the more likely you are to want to purchase the desktop equivalent to run on your OSX computer. However this is not necessarily a bad thing as iWork can compete on features with Microsoft Office and is a fraction of the price. If you are an Apple Mac owner anyway, the transition might make more sense.
Your work from the free iOS iWork apps can be saved across devices via your iCloud account or if you wish via your Google Drive account which can be linked in through WebDAV.
iLife apps iMovie and iPhoto are specifically geared towards creativity on your iOS device and can also be ysnced across iCloud. iPhoto is an app designed specifically for organising, viewing, editing and sharing photos, while iMovie is a full-featured video editing application which has built in sharing and AirPlay functionality. All-in-all this is a fantastic deal for getting started on Apple apps on your iOS device and should encourage many people to make the transition to iWork and iLife on their desktop computers as well.
Check out the deal from Apple here and please not you will need an Apple ID to download any apps.