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iWork and iLife now free with every new OS X and iOS device

Apple has introduced a new generation of its iWork and iLife suites of apps, and they'll be available for free with every new Mac or iOS device purchase.

Apple has introduced a new generation of its iWork and iLife suites of app, and they'll be available for free with every new Mac or iOS device purchase.

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iWork — which includes Pages, Numbers and Keynote — and iLife — encompassing iPhoto, iMovie and GarageBand — have had a complete redesign to work with OS X Mavericks and iOS 7, and they will be available for free with every new Mac and iOS device purchase, Apple announced today.

iWork's suite of apps now has iCloud compatibility and a new, unified file format, which means, rather like Google Drive, you can start work on a project on one machine and continue it on another, with multiple users being able to access and edit documents simultaneously.

With a redesigned UI, iWork for iCloud will work across Safari, Chrome and Internet Explorer, and — finally — documents created in Pages can be opened and saved in Microsoft Office file formats.

Meanwhile, iPhoto has been redesigned in 64 bit, with new tools and effects. Users will be able to share their images as custom slideshows or order them printed from Apple as professional-quality photos, greeting cards and hard-cover books that can be created using Multi-Touch.

iMovie now allows you to edit your videos with simplified tools that allow you to add effects, speed up or slow down or tweak its look. You can then share these movies across social networks and watch all shared movies across all your Apple devices.

Finally, GarageBand has had what Apple is calling its "biggest update ever": the number of tracks has been increased to up to 32 and uses iOS 7 Inter-App Audio to record third-party music apps into GarageBand. AirDrop allows you to share your projects wirelessly with other iOS users for real-time collaboration, and the app has also been given iCloud compatibility for sharing across devices.

Existing users can, of course, update for free. If you haven't already purchased any of the apps, you'll have to buy them unless you're getting a new Mac or iOS device.