Will Apple sell unbundled iLife and iWork applications?

The buzzing after Apple’s “Back to Mac” event just wont stop. Several blogs and news sites around the web have pointed out that Apple’s promotional materials for its forthcoming Mac App Store show that the company may be planning to offer applications from its iLife and iWork suites on an individual basis.


Based on the screenshot posted by Apple on the Official Mac App Store page, it appears that the company is planning to offer portions of its iLife suite (iPhoto, GarageBand, and iMovie) for $14.99 each.

Apple similarly lists individual components of iWork (Pages, Keynote, and Numbers) for $19.99 each. Which as Macrumors.com points out, “would result in a total price of $59.97 for the three applications purchased individually, below Apple’s $79 price for the entire suite.”

In addition, Steve Jobs noted during the media event that applications purchased through the Mac App Store would be licensed for use on all of a purchaser’s personal Macs, which means there wont be any problems with licenses and so on.

Apple already offers its iPad versions of Pages, Keynote and Numbers as standalone purchases on the iOS App Store, priced at $9.99 each with no bundled suite even available. The same may be true for the Mac App Store, as Apple’s promotional screenshots offer no indication that iLife and iWork suites will be available for download in bundled form.

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