Apple makes iWork apps free for new iOS devices
Today in Apple: iWork apps free for new iOS devices. Plus: iPhone 5S and 5C announced, and iOS 7 release date
Free iWork Apps for New iOS Devices
There's quite a bit of Apple news today, thanks to today's event in California. Probably the biggest surprise of the day was Apple's announcement that the iWork apps for iOS will be free for new iOS device owners. Now you can get Pages, Keynote and Numbers for your iPad or iPhone without paying a cent.
Normally, Pages, Numbers and Keynote cost $9.99 each, while iPhone and iMovie cost $4.99 a piece.
According to Cook, when you first turn on and use a new iOS device, which includes the iPhone 5C and 5S, iPads and fifth-generation iPod Touch, you’ll be greeted with a screen to download the iWork suite.
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I have to admit that I was shocked when Apple announced this. But it's a great idea on their part since the iWork apps help to differentiate the iOS platform from competing ones such as Android. You can't get iWork apps on non-Apple devices.
Making the iWork apps free definitely adds real value to any iOS device. I suspect there will be a lot of new iOS device owners who will be pleasantly surprised when they turn on their device and find that they can download iWork apps free of charge.
iPhone 5S and 5C Announced
Much less surprising was the announcement of the iPhone 5S and 5C. The iPhone 5S comes with a 64-bit A7 processor, as well as a new fingerprint sensor, and a slightly wider range of colors (silver, grey and gold). The iPhone 5C replaces the iPhone 5, and comes in blue, pink, white, yellow and green.
Apple unveiled two new versions of its flagship iPhone on Tuesday, including a lower-cost smartphone aimed at price-conscious customers.
The cheaper version of the phone, known as the iPhone 5C, will come in several new colors, including green, gray, light blue, pink and yellow. The iPhone 5C will cost $99 for 16 GB on a two-year contract and $199 for 32 GB.
The iPhone 5S will be the same price as the iPhone 5, and will have 16GB version for $199, a 32 GB version for $299 and a 64 GB version for $399, all on contract.
I'm currently using an iPhone 5. I didn't see much here that motivated me to upgrade to an iPhone 5S. There's definitely some neat stuff in it (particularly 64-bit and the fingerprint sensor), but I'll hold off until the iPhone 6 is released.
The iPhone 5C will definitely be appealing to folks who want to enter the Apple ecosystem, but at a significantly reduced price. Plus, I suspect the colors will appeal to women and the younger crowd more than the sedate colors of the iPhone 5S.
iOS 7 Announced
iOS 7 was also announced at today's event. Betas have been available for a while now for developers, so it wasn't much of a surprise to those who had been following its development. iOS 7 will be released to the public on September 18.
Today, Apple announced release details of the final version of iOS 7, the native operating system running its newest iPhone 5C and 5S handsets. The latest software will be available for download for iPhone 5C, 5S and 4S models on September 18th. The operating system will be coming later to iPhone 4, iPad 2, iPad Mini, and iPod touch 5th-gen devices.
I have such mixed feelings about iOS 7. Some of the new features are definitely desirable, but the color scheme comes across as far too bright for my tastes. The icon colors, and glut of white everywhere is probably a bridge too far for me. Most likely I'll stick with iOS 6 until iOS 8 is available (assuming Apple makes any significant changes to the look and feel of iOS 7).
It will be very interesting to see just how much of a minority I'm in when it comes to the look and feel of iOS 7. Most people probably won't care or will even like it. But those of us who prefer a less bright (obnoxious?) interface will either hold at iOS 6, or suck it up and grudgingly do the upgrade.
What's your take on all this Apple news? Will you upgrade to iOS 7? Is an iPhone 5S or 5C in your future? Tell me in the comments below.