Apple completes iLife for iOS with debut of iPhoto and major updates to iMovie and GarageBand

Apple today introduced iPhoto for iPad and iPhone and major updates to iMovie and GarageBand, completing its suite of iLife apps for iOS.

iPhoto includes breakthrough Multi-Touch features so you can use simple gestures to sort through hundreds of photos and find your best shots, enhance and retouch your images using fingertip brushes and share stunning photo journals with iCloud. iMovie now gives you the ability to create amazing Hollywood-style trailers as you record HD video on your iPad and iPhone. GarageBand introduces Jam Session, an innovative and fun feature that allows a group of friends to wirelessly connect their iOS devices to play instruments and record live music together. Each app takes full advantage of the stunning Retina™ display on the new iPad for incredibly sharp and realistic images and video. The new iPad also features a 5 megapixel iSight camera so you can record, edit and watch 1080p HD video all on the device.

“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, in the press release. “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.”

iPhoto, Apple’s popular photography app, has been completely reimagined for iOS to take full advantage of the Retina display and intuitive 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. iPhoto gives you full control over color, exposure and contrast, and you simply touch the parts of the image you want to change. You can enhance pictures by adding beautiful Apple-designed effects with just a tap, or apply adjustments exactly where you want them with fingertip brushes. In addition to posting photos to Facebook, Flickr and Twitter, you can beam photos between your iPhone and iPad; stream photos and slideshows to your Apple TV with AirPlay; and use iCloud to publish photo journals to the web and share your stories with friends and family in a whole new way.

iMovie now allows you to turn the HD video on your iPad and iPhone into beautiful Hollywood-style trailers, even as you’re recording. The new Theater view lets you preview and choose from nine templates in a range of genres including Fairy Tale, Superhero and Romance. Trailers feature gorgeous, customizable graphics with soundtracks written by legendary composers such as Academy Award-winner Hans Zimmer and performed by world class musicians like 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 of your friends to get together and wirelessly connect your iOS devices to play and record as a group. Jam Session automatically synchronizes the tempo, key and chords of your Touch Instruments so everyone sounds great. After jamming, everyone’s tracks are automatically collected on your iOS device for you to edit and mix. GarageBand also introduces Smart Strings, a new Touch Instrument that allows you to play an entire string orchestra with just one finger, and the new Note Editor allows you to fine tune a Touch Instrument recording instead of replaying it from scratch. Integration with iCloud keeps your GarageBand songs up to date across your iOS devices, and you can share your finished songs directly to Facebook, YouTube and SoundCloud.

Apple today also updated its iWork for iOS apps to take advantage of the stunning Retina display of iPad and to offer 3D charts so you can create and view impressive 3D bar, line, area and pie charts. Pages now includes support for landscape orientation on iPhone and iPod touch, and Keynote gains new builds and transitions including Iris, Shimmer, Wipe, Flame, Swing and Fade Through Color.

Pricing & Availability

iPhoto, iMovie 1.3 and GarageBand 1.2 are available today for US$4.99 each from the App Store. Keynote 1.6, Pages 1.6 and Numbers 1.6 are available today for $9.99 each from the App Store. Updates are available for free to existing customers.

iPhoto is a universal app that runs on iPad 2 or later and iPhone 4 or later. iMovie is a universal app that runs on iPad 2 or later, iPhone 4 or later and iPod touch (4th generation). GarageBand, Pages, Keynote and Numbers are universal apps that run on iPad (all models), iPhone 3GS or later, and iPod touch (3rd generation) or later. Some features require an iCloud account. Some features may not be available on all products. For more information please visit www.apple.com/ipad/from-the-app-store/apps-by-apple.

The new iPad is available for pre-order now. More info here.

Source: Apple Inc.

23 Comments

  1. Adobe should be worried after seeing iPhoto for iPad.

    Now many users have all the apps they need to replace a computer with an iPad.

    All graphics pros and users celebrate – The new Retina Display and resolution exclusively driven to max efficiency, by a new Apple A5 X chip is unbeatable and unreachable for any other platform Apple’s combo integration of software and Hardware engineering , iOS and iLife/iWork software.

    IPad rules the computing world. The Revolution Evolves.

    1. I think that will spell the death of it for the Mac. However if you look at the sharing with social networks this makes iWeb less important. iLife is for consumers, now web page creation will be for the pros.

      1. That’s an appropriate moniker you have. Seriously, Apple hired addition development capacity late last year to update iWork on the desktop. The logical time for the new version to be introduced is this summer, when Mountain Lion is released with improved iCloud integration and APIs. Next generation iWork on the desktop will likely include improved collaboration tools tied in to iCloud.

  2. ARRGH !!
    Apple – sometimes you really do *iss me off !!

    I have iPad 1 + apple adapter to plug in a flash card from my camera. Hence I have loads of photos on my iPad.

    Today Apple release iPhoto for iPad – Huzzah !
    However, when you try to download the app it tells you you need a front facing camera. WHY ?

    This petty denial of apps for those with an original iPad just grips !!

  3. Still no way to organize photos. Other then the cool “Photo Journal” feature, this is just another (albeit pretty sweet) photo editing app. If you like photos, iOS is till not PC-free.

Reader Feedback

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.