iLife Apps Get Major Updates for iOSBy: Chris Gabbard - March 7, 2012
Today, along with the announcement for the new iPad release, Apple introduced iPhoto for iPad and iPhone, and major updates to iMovie and GarageBand, completing its suite of iLife apps for iOS.
The new iPhoto includes Multi-Touch features so you can use simple gestures to sort through photos and find your best shots, enhance and retouch your images using fingertip brushes and share photo journals with iCloud. iMovie now gives you the ability to create Hollywood-style trailers as you record HD video on your iPad and iPhone. GarageBand introduces Jam Session, a feature that allows a group of friends to wirelessly connect their iOS devices to play instruments and record live music together. Each app takes advantage of the new iPad Retina display.
The new iPad also features a 5 megapixel iSight camera so you can record, edit and watch 1080p HD video.
“With the introduction of iPhoto, we’ve brought the entire suite of iLife apps to iOS and users are going to love it,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “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 iPad and iPhone.”
Apple’s photography app, iPhoto, has been revamped for iOS to take advantage of the Retina display and Multi-Touch gestures on iPad and iPhone. Simple gestures can be used to select and compare photos side by side and flag your best shots. The new iPhoto features more control over color, exposure and contrast. You can enhance pictures by adding effects, or apply adjustments with your fingertip. You can post to Facebook, Flickr and Twitter within the app, or share photos between your iPhone and iPad, stream slideshows to your Apple TV with AirPlay, and use iCloud to publish photo journals to the web.
iMovie now allows you to turn the HD video on your iPad and iPhone into Hollywood-style trailers. The theater view lets you preview and choose from nine templates in genres including Fairy Tale, Superhero and Romance. Trailers feature customizable graphics with soundtracks written by Hanz Zimmer and the London Symphony Orchestra. You can also share your movie trailers to YouTube, Vimeo and Facebook, and use AirPlay to stream them to Apple TV in high definition resolutions up to 1080p.
With the new Jam Session feature in GarageBand, you can invite up to three friends to wirelessly connect your iOS devices to play and record as a group. Jam Session synchronizes the tempo, key and chords of your touch instruments. After jamming, everyone’s tracks are collected on your iOS device to edit and mix. GarageBand also introduces Smart Strings, a touch instrument that allows you to play a string orchestra with just one finger, and the new Note Editor allows you to fine tune a recording instead of replaying it from scratch. GarageBand offers full integration with iCloud and other iOS devices, and you can share your songs directly to Facebook, YouTube and SoundCloud.