Don’t spend that $4.99 just yet: GarageBand for iOS might be going free. MacRumors spotted a page on Apple’s site that has since been reverted, which showed a new icon for the app along with a footnote that it is free for all compatible iOS 7 devices. The note read:
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. iPhoto, iMovie, Pages, Numbers, and Keynote are free on the App Store for qualifying iOS 7 compatible devices activated on or after September 1, 2013.
With Apple expected to announce two new iPads tomorrow, an update to GarageBand seems likely. Apple has used iPad events to show off its GarageBand app in the past, and last month it spent a portion of its iPhone event to announce that it was making its iWork suite of apps free. It is believed that unfinished instrument and sound licensing deals are what kept Apple from offering the app for free sooner.
As noted above, though, you’ll still need to pay for additional instruments and sounds via in-app purchase.