Ahead of Tuesday's media event, Apple has revised its Built-in Apps page for
the iPhone 5s to reveal the full set of new iOS 7-themed icons for the six
iLife and iWork apps offered for iOS. The new GarageBand and iPhoto icons had
appeared in the Settings app on some users' devices last week.
Aside from the new icons, the updated page also reveals in a footnote that
GarageBand will become a free basic download for all iOS 7 devices, joining
the other five iLife and iWork apps that became free alongside the release of
GarageBand will, however, include in-app purchase content from Apple, with
additional instruments and sounds available for a fee. Licensing fees
associated with some of those sounds had been the presumed reason why
GarageBand was left out the original move to make Apple's iLife and iWork apps
for iOS free of charge, and it appears that the company has settled on in-app
purchases as a way around this issue, offering basic functionality for free
and then premium content through the paid upgrade options.
> GarageBand is free on the App Store for all iOS 7 compatible devices;
additional GarageBand instruments ...