Apple’s own website has revealed iOS 7 icon changes coming to a number of their prominent iLife and iWork apps for iOS. A big change is in store for GarageBand for iOS, which will now be available as a free app. Customers will be able to purchase additional instruments, sounds and extras using in-app purchases. In-app purchases has been a growing trend, with more and more developers starting to see a declining market for paid apps.
At last month’s Apple event, it was announced that customers who purchased an iOS device after September 1st, would be eligible for free copies of both iWork and iLife apps. Some customers were charged despite meeting the eligibility criteria. Apple has since announced they would receive a credit. GarageBand was not included in the group of apps, but that could change going forward. MacRumors asserts that possible licensing issues over some of the sounds could have been the cause, a move that could be reversed with new licensing agreements and IAP in place.
The new iOS 7 icons for iWork and iLife appeared briefly on Apple’s website, but have since been removed. As we’ve seen throughout the makeover of iOS, gone are all forms of skeuomorphic design. For the most part, this set of icons utilizes the new color palette. The current group of icons looks vast different and looks out of place.
Tomorrow, Apple will kick off an event tomorrow in San Francisco. While the focus of the event will be on the new 5th generation iPad and second generation iPad mini, expect some form of announcement and demonstration of the new iOS 7 iWork and iLife apps.