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March 09, 2012

Apple Updates iLife for iPhone and iPad Devices


Rumors were floating around for weeks that Apple (News - Alert) was going to release information on its new iPad 3. Apple revealed that the new device would have some upgrades to its retina display with capabilities of 4G speeds. The new device is already available for preorder on Apple’s website. However, what Apple users weren’t expecting was an announcement that there would be some upgrades to the iLife software.

First, iPhoto finally has an app available for the iPad and iPhone (News - Alert). Now, users can edit photos they take from their smart devices on the go. “With the introduction of iPhoto, we’ve brought the entire suite of iLife apps to iOS and users are going to love it,” said Phillip Schiller, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing.

The new application lets you color balance a photo by simply touching the area you want to edit and using a touch and drag motion to fix any mistakes. The application lets you enhance the colors of the photo (i.e. making the sky in the picture more blue) by using this new editing technique. Users can even apply various settings to the photo to make it look professionally altered, such as changing the photo to black and white, adding a border, making it look old, and even dimming the corners.

Another application that got updated was iMovie. The application currently available was pretty simple; a user was able to shoot a video and then do some basic edits in iMovie. Now, iMovie lets users create Hollywood-style movie trailers with a few ready set templates within minutes. After shooting a video, users can open the application and insert the video into one of the nine available templates. After the content is edited and added, a soundtrack from Oscar-winning composers will automatically be added. It takes a matter of seconds and your personalized teaser trailer is available and ready to be uploaded to your favorite networking site to show all your friends.

GarageBand got one of the most impressive updates allowing up to four iPad users to connect via Bluetooth to jam together. Each user can choose the instrument he or she wants to play and just let loose. The application will record each device individually and then allow for all the users to combine them together to hear a recording of their “Jam Session.” All of the recordings can then be uploaded to SoundCloud for users to listen to and download later.

“Whether brushing an effect onto a photo, shooting a movie trailer, or jamming with friends to record a song, iPhoto, iMovie, and GarageBand let you make amazing creations on [the] iPad and iPhone,” said Schiller.

All of the updates are available today for $4.99 per application. If you currently own any of the apps, upgrading is free.




Edited by Rich Steeves
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