Will Pages/Keynote/Numbers (ex. iWork) be free for old macs?

  • Are you interested in old Macs that had iWork installed as a paid product or old Macs that didn't ever own iWork?
    – bmike
    Oct 29, 2013 at 12:26

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It appears that everyone that owns an older copy of iWork for iOS gets a free upgrade whether or not your version came from a retail CD or the Mac App Store.

If you don't already own iWork - you will have to pay for either a new Mac or the apps piecemeal on the App Store.

The above summary is my understanding of this MacWorld article that includes calls with Apple Press relations and an "on-the-record" confirmation that all owners of iWork should get free upgrades despite some glitches in the initial roll out today.

  • "Some users (including yours truly) are reporting issues where the Mac App Store doesn’t recognize their copies; when they click on an iLife or iWork app’s price, they receive the following alert: “[App] is already installed and was not purchased from the Mac App Store. Do you want to buy [app]?” Macworld spoke with an Apple spokesperson who noted that there’s currently an issue with some legacy customers, and the company is working on a fix." - This is the same issue I am seeing, although I keep reading conflicting information. I guess I will just wait and see how it is resolved.
    – Dave
    Oct 23, 2013 at 3:06
  • @Dave I luckily didn't get that error. I have iWork 09 in a subfolder of /Applications and they came from a retail CD install before I upgraded to Mavericks. I just had to go to purchased and click Download.
    – bmike
    Oct 23, 2013 at 3:11
  • Mine are also installed in a sub-folder called iWork '09, and I installed from a retail CD. I'm not sure why the MAS isn't seeing them though.
    – Dave
    Oct 23, 2013 at 3:36
  • On my machine, existing pre-Mac App Store installations of iWork 09 weren't recognised as installed versions suitable for upgrading to the new and latest App Store versions until I upgraded the OS to Mavericks.
    – cormullion
    Oct 24, 2013 at 13:26

In addition to upgrades for users of existing/previous installs of iWork, it has been shown that the logic that handles identifying whether you are eligible for an upgrade does not take into account whther your install was a trial or retail edition. In some cases, users with a trial version installed have found that upgrades were provided. It should be noted that the trial versions are no longer available for download officially.


No. It can be downloaded for free only for Macs purchased on or after October 1, 2013 (source).

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