Yesterday Apple updated several of its Mac and iOS apps, making them available for free on Mac OS and iOS.

MacRumors has the story:

iMovie, Numbers, Keynote, Pages, and GarageBand for both Mac and iOS devices have been updated and are now listed in the App Store for free.

Previously, all of these apps were provided for free to customers who purchased a new Mac or iOS device, but now that purchase is not required to get the software. Many Apple customers were already likely eligible to download the software at no cost if they had made a device purchase in the last few years.

Hackintosh users will no doubt take advantage of Apple’s generosity even if using these apps on commodity PC hardware is against the terms of the license agreement. The real winners though are schools and business who won’t have to worry about managing these essential iApps using apple’s confusing Volume Purchase Program.