Dont miss out on these FREE apps! pages, numbers, garage band, iMovie, iPhoto, Keynot

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    When you setup the new iPad Air via backup from the cloud, it does NOT put these apps on the ipad! Since the apple site says they are free, I called Apple today. I spent over 30 minutes with the tech until finally he found the solution. I had to go to the App Store, scroll to the bottom of the featured screen, then delete my user name. Next, I signed back into the App Store with my regular ID. Now, all 6 of the productivity apps showed up as "free" when I searched for them. Downloaded and installed! The tech admitted it was an issue with the cloud backup restore when upgrading from an older Ipad. Imagine how many upgraders are missing out on these free apps!)

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    Thanks for letting me know. Mine is out for delivery today so I will be doing this later. Does GarageBand still require in app purchase for the "smart" instruments? And will the bonus apps be available for free on other devices using the same Apple ID?
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    I am going to make the assumption that yes, once you've "bought" the free apps on your new idevice, they'll be available to download to any other idevice with the same Apple ID.

    Don't know the the answer to the GarageBand question (I already own all these apps, so getting the new iPad didn't change anything for me). Sorry.

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    Yes, those apps can be downloaded to your other devices with your Apple ID (at least, I did it).
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    Mesue, were you able to get the free apps? Did Apple fix the issue yet? Yes, I was able to get them on my older ipad also.

    Sent from my iPad Air using iPF
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    Yes, I got them last night. Slow connection here, so it took a while. I followed your instructions so I don't know if it was fixed before I logged out and back in. And it appears GarageBand does still require in-app purchase for the smart instruments, except for guitar.
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    I can't confirm this from first-hand experience, but I have heard that while these apps are free to those who purchase a new Apple device, then add-ons are not.

    However, once you get the app on one platform, you get it on all other devices you have on that platform (iOS vs OS X). I own all the apps on iOS except Numbers, so this is no biggie to me.
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    I just downloaded the three iWork apps on my new iPhone 5S and. I can definitely confirm that they are now available to all my iOS devices. Here is a screenshot of the purchased list from my iPad 4, showing the three apps at the top of the list. image-2807905677.jpg
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    Yeah, I was definitely frustrated trying to use my older iPhone 5 to download them for free.... doh. Finally figured out to connect with my iPad Air and they were all free. Now I can get them across my entire account.
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    I notice that the free garage band is not the full edition, you have to pay another $4:99 for the comprehensive version. just a heads up.
    Also, I downloaded the office suite and all that works great but if I want it on my MacBook Pro I still have to pay for it so it does not transfer from device to device.. Unless I guess it does for OS7 devices. I am not interested in phones so don't have an iPhone, just a luddite cheap phone!
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    The iWork apps become available to all iOS devices you own after you download the free versions on a qualifying device, such as a new iPad Air.
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    I have to say, I bought the iPad and completely forgot about the fact they are Free lol, thanks for reminding me

    Add - I also had this problem and your solution fixed it, seems to be a common problem.

    Sticky thread. Ty
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    Yep......followed your step by step instructions on my iPad Air......and woohoo, FREE APPS !
    Thanks for taking the time to share this helpful advice !
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    There is no free apps. Im still have to pay either i already bought a new ipad.
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    Hi and welcome to the Forum!

    Is your new iPad the iPad Air? If so, you should be able to download these apps for free.

    Did you follow the advice above?
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    I do not understand thus thread ,when I look they are all free anyways

    What am I missing.
    When I bought my new ipad last week it was updated from the iCloud .
    After reading this thread I went to the App Store and all those apps are free so what is everyone talking about.
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    Those free apps weren't showing for Free for some who set up their new iPad Air with a backup from their other devices.

    They may have fixed this issue now.......mine were showing free as soon as I set up my Air, but then I didn't use a backup.
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    I don't have an iPad Air or the retina mini, but I do have an iPhone 5S, which I set up from the backup of my iPhone 5. This did not affect the offer of the free apps at all. Maybe the problem was an iPad only thing?
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    Plus, if you are using an older device these are not free - unless you have a newer iDevice that qualifies - then you can get the apps on your older devices free. For me with my iPad 3rd gen and 4S I had to pay for Garage Band (but VERY worth it)
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    Interestingly enough, I still have access to the Numbers and Keynote which I didn't buy. I only purchased Pages for both my iPad2 and my Mac. Last April, I received an invitation to try out Numbers and Keynote via iCloud. I just checked and I still have access to it. I can still share my work with others if they would like to view. I believe also they can edit, but I am not for certain. Just wondering though how long these beta trials will last on iCloud and whether everybody who accesses their iCloud account has these iWork apps also?
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