“One of the iOS 4’s new features is iMovie for the iPhone. If you’re familiar with the desktop version of program, you already know that it lets users edit video and add music and photos, using a storyboard. On a Mac, it is a powerful program. I have used it often to create movies of family vacations and holiday gatherings with family and friends,” Tim Bajarin writes for PC Magazine. “To be honest, however, I never imagined editing a movie on the iPhone—not until I saw Jobs’s demo at the iPhone 4 launch. I had some hands-on time with the product and found that I could take movie clips captured by the iPhone 4’s video camera, mix them with the 5MP images stored on the device, and integrate music to create a compelling iMovie on the fly. That means I can be at the beach with the family and take video and pictures to create a movie that I can send while still on the sand. This challenges the assumption that smartphones and tablets are strictly content consumption devices.”
MacDailyNews Take: Anyone who assumes an Apple iPhone or iPad are strictly content consumption devices has never really used either product.
Bajarin continues, “It also lends credence to Jobs’s statement that he sees these devices as actual computers in the full sense of that term. I still think that smartphones and iPad-like tablets are better for content consumption, but it seems that Jobs and co. are going to take their products in the other direction. Apple will likely develop additional apps itself or push developers to see the iPhone and iPad as content creation tools. This is important for the industry. Most analysts have seen smartphones as limited productivity tools and tablets as smartphones with bigger screens. But with the introduction of iMovie for the iPhone, we need to readjust our thinking a bit. The idea that they can be serious content creation tools makes them much more PC-like than all of us had imagined in the past.”
MacDailyNews Take: Not “all” of us couldn’t imagine it, Tim. Some of us Think Different™ all the time.
“I want to highlight something that was touched upon in the FaceTime video shown at the WWDC. Not much been written about it, but the example shown had a powerful message to a specific community,” Bajarin writes. “The Apple video demonstrated showed a deaf couple signing to each other from separate locations.”
Direct link to video via YouTube here.
Bajarin writes, “When the image came on screen, people next to me got choked up. This was a powerful image for the deaf community that said, ‘we are giving you a new way to communicate with friends and family from afar.’ I spoke with someone who teaches the deaf. They were extremely excited about this feature. It will add a whole new dimension to personal communications.”
“Don’t underestimate how important something like FaceTime will be for the deaf community. Sure programs like iChat and Skype video exist for the PC, but this technology on a mobile platform can give users a powerful new way to communicate with people all the time,” Bajarin writes. “After the video was show, Jobs took the stage to thank everyone for coming. He then ended the event getting a bit choked up himself as he said, ‘this reminds us of why we do what we do.'”
Full article here.