GarageBand set to become free iOS 7 app

Apple's iPhone 5S page shows GarageBand joining free iLife and iWork apps in iOS 7 upgrade

Cash-strapped musicians rejoice – you won't have to drop $5.98 on GarageBand for iOS any more.

Yes, that three quid can now be spent on precious fuel to get your van to the gig (or your choice of recreational mind-altering substances) – Apple has revealed that GarageBand will be joining iOS 7's suite of free iLife and iWork apps.

MacRumors has uncovered an updated Built-in Apps page from Apple's iPhone 5s website, which shows off the iLife and iWork apps' new look for iOS 7. It also notes that "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."

The other apps in the iLife and iWork suite will get upgrades alongside their shiny new icons; the feature set from Apple's defunct Cards app will be integrated into iPhoto, while iMovie will feature a new "iMovie Theater" mode – which appears to be a simplified sharing system that'll let you screen your creations on iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Mac and Apple TV. Keynote, meanwhile, will feature 30 template themes rather than the 12 found in the current app. iPhoto, iMovie, Pages, Numbers and Keynote will be available for free on all iOS 7 devices activated after 1 September. 

Apple's expected to reveal its overhauled iLife and iWork apps at its event on 22 October – alongside a new iPad 5, an iPad Mini 2, and the offical reveal of Mac OS X Mavericks and the cylindrical, redesigned Mac Pro. We'll be reporting from the event, so stay tuned for the latest updates.

[Source: MacRumors via 9to5Mac]

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