Apple announces iLife ‘06 with new versions of iPhoto, iMovie HD, iDVD, GarageBand and new iWeb

Apple today announced iLife ’06, the most significant upgrade to Apple’s award-winning suite of digital lifestyle applications ever. iLife ’06 features iPhoto 6 with blazing performance, new printed books, calendars and cards, and Apple’s innovative new Photocasting for sharing photos over the Internet; iMovie HD 6 with new motion themes for adding spectacular production value to your movies; iDVD 6 for authoring custom DVDs for today’s widescreen TVs; and GarageBand 3, now the complete solution for creating professional-quality Podcasts. iLife ’06 also introduces iWeb, a new iLife application that makes it super-easy to create amazing websites with photos, blogs and Podcasts and publish them on .Mac for viewing by anyone on the Internet with just a single click.

“This is the most exciting iLife upgrade ever,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO in the press release. “Apple pioneered applications to serve our emerging digital lifestyle and then consolidated them into the iLife suite. With this major upgrade to iLife, we’re leaping even further ahead of anything available for the PC.”

iLife ’06 introduces iWeb, the easiest way to create professional-looking web pages, online photo albums, blogs and Podcasts in minutes. Apple-designed templates help create stunning websites and the iLife media browser makes adding photos, movies, music or playlists as simple as drag and drop. Powerful editing tools make it easy to customize websites without having to know HTML. iWeb works seamlessly with other iLife ’06 applications as a complete solution for creating photo albums, blogs and Podcasts that can be published to the Internet with one click using .Mac.

iPhoto 6 offers blazing performance, support for up to 250,000 photos and introduces Photocasting, an innovative new way to share photos directly from within iPhoto via .Mac to friends and family. Photocasting is like Podcasting for photos where anyone can subscribe to a published photo album and automatically receive full quality photos directly within iPhoto 6 or on a PC. Pictures automatically update when the owner adds, edits or deletes a photo within the published album. Photos can be viewed on Apple’s stunning displays with new full-screen edit and compare mode without menus or windows to distract from the image. Up to eight photos can be compared simultaneously and adjusted with a one-click image enhancements and effects panel. Professional-quality books, calendars and greeting cards are created easily by adding photos to Apple-designed themes.

iMovie HD 6 introduces revolutionary new Apple-designed motion themes that let users add Hollywood-style production value to their movies in minutes. Effects can be previewed without waiting with new real-time Core Video effects, while cinematic titling gives users flexibility to create incredible text effects. New audio enhancement tools and sound effects make movies sound as good as they look. Multiple projects can now be opened at once in iMovie HD 6 and clips can be moved among projects. iMovie HD is the easiest way to make a video Podcast which can be published with iWeb for the whole world to experience.

iDVD 6 allows users to take content shot with the latest HDV and widescreen DV cameras and author custom DVDs with widescreen menus, movies and high resolution slideshows that fill every inch of the newest widescreen TVs. iDVD 6 features 10 new Apple-designed menu themes in both widescreen (16:9) and standard (4:3) formats. iDVD 6 themes include new autofill drop zones to make customizing menus even easier. In addition, iDVD 6 can burn using compatible third-party DVD burners. iDVD 6 also includes new Magic iDVD, the easiest way ever to make a DVD. With just a few clicks, users select a theme and choose their movies and photos, Magic iDVD then automatically creates a complete DVD that’s ready to burn.

In addition to being the best way to make music on a computer, GarageBand 3 is now also a complete solution for creating professional quality Podcasts. Voices can easily be recorded using the built-in expertise of an audio engineer and Podcasts can be enhanced with radio-style sound effects and music jingles, chapter artwork and URL links. Talk show Podcasts are created easily by interviewing one or more guests simultaneously in iChat AV and recording directly into GarageBand 3. Podcasts can be posted for the world to enjoy on .Mac and submitted to iTunes® using iWeb. In addition, a new video track makes it easy to create music to score iMovie projects.

iLife ’06 is now available for a suggested retail price of $79 (US) through the Apple Store, Apple’s retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers. The iLife ’06 suite of applications will be included with all new Macs. iTunes version 6.0.2 is currently available as a free download at .Mac is available as a subscription-based service for $99.95 (US) per year for individuals and $179.95 (US) for a Family Pack which includes one master account and five sub accounts.

iLife ’06 requires Mac OS X version 10.3.9 or version 10.4.3 or later (Mac OS X version 10.4.4 recommended), a Macintosh® computer with a PowerPC G4, PowerPC G5, or Intel Core processor (733 MHz or faster for iDVD), 256MB of RAM (512MB recommended), iTunes 6.0.2 and QuickTime 7.0.4 (included), a DVD drive for installation, and 10GB of available disk space. HD video requires a 1 GHz G4 or faster processor and 512MB of RAM. Burning DVDs requires an Apple SuperDrive or compatible third-party DVD burner. iPhoto print services are available in the US, Canada, Japan, and select European countries. A .Mac account is required for iPhoto Photocast publishing and recommended for iWeb. Mac OS X version 10.4.4 is required for iMovie themes, iPhoto Photocasts, and iChat AV recording in GarageBand.

Find out more about Apple’s new iLife ’06 here.

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  1. Ordered it. I can’t wait to play with it, especially iWeb. Although, it would be worth $80 just to speed up iPhoto a bit. But all in all all the packages seem to have been upgraded well this year.

  2. Well, I guess I have to wait for WebPro or something. Or just develop the damn thing myself. I wonder how I could make a WebView that can hold editable objects? And the Mail/iTunes/iWeb split pane; I really wish IB had a palette for those.

  3. I’ll take on iLife’06 now, using my Christmas gift certificate. And since my APPL stock today is at an all time high let’s throw in a new lapbook. Christmas just keeps on coming. MD Magic word “because”.


    There used to be 4 Jam Packs for GarageBand:

    Jam Pack 1
    Remix Tools
    Rhythm Section
    Symphony Orchestra.

    Now there are 4 Jam Packs for GarageBand:

    Remix Tools
    Rhythm Section
    Symphony Orchestra
    World Music

    So what happened to Jam Pack 1??? Did it get rolled up into GarageBand proper or are all those loops and instruments no longer available?

  5. Neomonkey i’m afraid you’re out of luck, just called Apple to place an order and was told that my white iBook G3 900, does not meet the requirement. This whole thing sucks, was really excited to get my hand on this thing to see how it work.

  6. If you try to install iLife 06 on a G3 you get ‘This software cannot be installed on this machine’. But if you right-click on the installer package and then select ‘Show package contents’ you can select the individual installers. I’ve only tried iWeb so far as I didn’t want to mess up previous versions of the other apps, but it seems to install fine.

  7. Happy to report iWeb runs fine on my Pismo 400 ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

    Installed it on my G4 iMac and decided to drag the installed portions to the corresponding folders on my Pismo.

    Cannot imagine why Apple will not allow this right out of the box.

    Except for iDVD and Garageband ofcourse, as they run slower than a snail on valium on a G3-400. But hey, I would not use those anyway on a G3.

    But I see no reason why it would not be possible for the new iMovie and iPhoto to run a G3. I mean, come on, I understand all new apps will be slow on a G3, no need to hold my hand and tell me what I cannot do, Apple… If I want to mess up my system, I want to be able to do so ^_^

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