Finding Apple’s Mostly Free iWorks Apps for OS X and iOS

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Apple released brand new versions of Pages, Keynote, and Numbers for the Mac, iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch on Tuesday, and they're free for anyone that's buying a computer or mobile device. For the rest of us, there may be some money changing hands to get the most recent version of the iWork suite on our devices. Read on to see where to get the apps and what you can expect to pay.

Apple's iWork apps are updated and free for most usersApple's iWork apps are updated and free for most users

iWork for OS X
Apple doesn't offer physical media for its Mac apps any more, so you'll need to pay a visit to the Mac App Store to find the new iWork apps. You can get there by going to the Apple menu and choosing App Store. We also included links directly to each app for you so you don't have to go hunting to find what you need.

  • Pages is Apple's word processing and document design app. It's priced at US$19.99, although some users are seeing it as a free upgrade even though they haven't bought a new Mac.
  • Keynote is Apple's presentation app, and the new version includes more transitions and effects. It's priced at $19.99 as well, and like Pages, is appearing as a free update for many people.
  • Numbers is Apple's very capable spreadsheet application. Also priced at $19.99, many people that haven't bought a new Mac are seeing it as a free update, too.

iWork for iOS
Apple offers Pages, Keynote, and Numbers for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, and the file formats are compatible with their Mac counterparts. All apps for iOS devices are distributed through Apple's Mac App Store. You can get there through iTunes on your Mac or Windows PC, or via the App Store app on your iOS device.

  • Pages is priced at $4.99, but it's showing as a free update for users that already purchased the app.
  • Keynote is also a $4.99 app and is a free update if you already have it.
  • Numbers rounds out the iOS iWork mix at $4.99, too, and is appearing as a free update for those of us that are already using it for on the go number crunching.

The good news is that even though Apple is still charging for its iWork apps, it doesn't look like very many people will actually have to pay for them. That's a happy surprise for our pocketbooks, and will likely help draw even more people into the iWork family.

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I didn’t have to pay… they were all free upgrades from my previous versions. I had to wait a day before it showed up in the store, but they eventually did.


Looks like the OSX versions are 19.99 each for me here at work. I’ll see if it’s something different at home. Pages was a free update on my iPhone.


Followup: Someone here at work said that iWork showed up for free only after they upgraded to Mavericks.


I downloaded Mavericks overnight.  How do I know I have the latest iWorks?  The About info doesn’t seem up to date.



Will these new versions open old Pages and Numbers documents?
And will Keynote still open PowerPoint files (and still change the formatting)?

Spider Mann

Here is what I found out last night as I was going through upgrades and such:

Repair permissions.

I had downloaded Mavericks and set about to do the rest of the updates. I noticed that on the front page of MAS Garageband was showing as a paid upgrade while iPhoto and iMovie were free. iWork suite were also showing as paid upgrades but didn’t think anything different about it.

I thought it was weird that Garageband wasn’t free when the rest of iLife suite was. Decided to do my usual repairing of permissions after a software update and ran Software Update again. Surprise, surprise…. Garageband and the iWork Suite changed to free updates AND other software I had bought via MAS ended up showing in the Updates section as well that hadn’t in previous attempts but had the same behavior of “Buy” instead of “Update”.

Try it and see what happens. Cant guarantee it will make it free for everyone but worth a shot.

Lee Dronick

In the App Store app when you see Mavericks listed, look to the bottom of the window. You should see “Show in compatible App updates.” Click on that and you will see updates for any iWork apps that you had previously bought.


“All apps for iOS devices are distributed through Apple’s Mac App Store. You can get there through iTunes on your Mac or Windows PC, or via the App Store app on your iOS device.”

Through the iTunes App Store, surely? The “Mac App Store” is for OS X apps only.


I purchased iWork apps a while ago when it was physical distribution on DVD, before the Mac App Store existed.

Once I had installed Mavericks, the App Store recognized them and did the update.


When I look at App Store on iOS, the price shows as $9.99 each rather than $4.99.

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