Apple Updates iPhoto, iMovie, and GarageBand for iOS

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In addition to many other updates across OS X and iOS, Apple updated its iLife Apps for iOS Wednesday. iPhoto, GarageBand, and iMovie for iOS all received new features and fixes.

iOS iLife Updates

iPhoto was updated to Version 1.1 and includes a large number of changes:

  • Added support for iPod touch (4th generation and later)
  • Coaching tips have been added to the Help system on the iPhone and iPod touch
  • Effects now include six new Apple-designed ink effects such as Chalk and Palette Knife
  • Images up to 36.5 megapixels are now supported*
  • Full resolution photos can now be imported via iTunes File Sharing
  • Tag albums can be created by adding custom tags to photos 
  • "Updating Library" alert appears less frequently
  • Multiple photos can now be saved to the Camera Roll at one time
  • Cropping presets now use detected faces to determine composition
  • Tilt-shift and gradient effects can now be rotated
  • Facebook sharing now supports single sign-on in Settings
  • Comments can be added more easily when posting photos to Facebook
  • Videos can be uploaded to Facebook
  • Locations and friend tags can now be set when posting photos to Facebook
  • Comments and locations can be set on individual photos when sharing a group of photos to Facebook
  • Any photo previously posted to Facebook can be more easily replaced with a more current version
  • A notification is now displayed when an upload to Facebook completes in the background
  • Photos can now be shared directly to Cards, iMovie, and other supporting apps
  • Journals now include new layout options
  • Fonts and alignment of text in journal items can be modified
  • New style and color options are available for Note and Memory items in journals
  • Journal Note and Memory items can now be resized
  • Dividers can be added to break journal pages into sections to control the reflow of layouts
  • A new Swap mode makes it easier to change the placement of items in a journal layout
  • You can now place a pin on a journal map when no location data is present
  • Links to journals can now be shared directly to Facebook and Twitter, and via Messages
  • Links to remote journals can now be shared even if the journal was created on another device
  • A new Publish Changes button provides control over when to update your journal
  • An overlay displaying month and year now appears when scrolling in Photos view
  • Photos can now be sorted by date and can be filtered using new criteria
  • Photos view now includes a Power Scroll strip for high-speed scrolling
  • Grid of thumbnails can now be expanded to multiple rows in portrait orientation

*36.5MP images supported on iPhone 5 and third-generation iPad

iMovie is now on Version 1.4 and includes:

  • Three new trailers — Adrenaline, Coming of Age, and Teen
  • Add photos to any trailer and have them automatically animate with the Ken Burns effect
  • On iPad, open the Precision Editor to create split audio edits
  • Play clips in the Video Browser before adding them to your project
  • Create a slideshow by sharing photos from iPhoto for iOS
  • Tap the help icon to display Coaching tips
  • 1080p HD upload resolution is now available for sharing to YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo, and CNN iReport
  • Audio recordings captured in a project now appear in the Audio Browser for easy access

GarageBand moves to Version 1.3 and adds these features and changes:

  • Create custom ringtones and alerts for your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch*
  • Import songs from the Music library on your iOS device
  • Play or record with GarageBand in the background while using other apps**
  • Addresses a number of minor issues related to overall performance and stability 

* Requires iOS 6 or later
** Requires iPhone 4S, iPad 2 or later

iPhoto, iMovie, and GarageBand are all available now for US$4.99 each on the iOS App Store.

Comments

FlipFriddle

Boo hiss for iOS iPhoto. Still no way to connect to a locally shared iPhoto library on a Mac? Lame. To me this seems like a fundamental reason to even own iPhoto for iOS yet I can’t figure out why it isn’t implemented.

SeaBeat

I still wonder if I’m the only one not understanding why iPhoto on Mac and iPhoto on iOS cannot be shared.  It end’s up being a whole mess when you start editing picture on iOS that doesn’t sync with your Mac.

This is the biggest flaw I ever seen at Apple.  2 applications with the same name that cannot work together in this time where everyting is synced with the cloud.

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