March 7, 2012

Apple demoed quite an impressive iPhoto app today during the new iPad unveiling, and the app is now officially live on the App Store for $4.99 [iTunes]. In case you did not know, the app is a universal download for both iPhone and iPad. You can grab iPhoto for iOS now (iTunes link). Apple also boasted updated versions of iMovie and GarageBand today that you can already get on the App Store here and here for $4.99 each (free update for current owners). The updated GarageBand app features a Note Editor, Smart Strings orchestra feature, and Jam Sessions for realtime playing and recording with up to three other iOS devices.  You can read our full break down of the new iPhoto app here.

In addition Apple updated iBooks Author today to “take advantage of the Retina display on the new iPad” and did the same for the iTunes U app. The updates also include the usual stability and performance improvements.

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October 12, 2011

Along with updates to just about every other one of their apps, Apple has also just updated iMovie, Remote, and Find My iPhone for iOS 5.

Find My iPhone has been updated to version 1.3 with the ability to find your Mac, and the option to request a notification via email when a device is located and online.

iMovie is updated to version 1.2.2 which brings support for iOS 5, and enhanced support for videos imported from external cams. Remote version 2.2 brings only iOS 5 support and the typical “stability and performance improvements”.
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July 11, 2011

If you downloaded GarageBand, iMovie or iPhoto individually from the Mac App Store, load the store by choosing Mac App Store from the Apple menu and hit the Updates tab because Apple has just released free updates to said apps, TUAW reports. Interestingly, people who downloaded and installed the iLife ’11 suite using the restore discs or a physical box purchase cannot yet update their installation because the updated apps haven’t yet to hit Software Update or Apple’s download site. GarageBand 6.0.4, iMovie 9.0.4 and iPhoto 9.1.5 are all available for purchase as standalone products on the Mac App Store, costing fifteen bucks each. Go past the fold for iTunes release notes accompanying each download.

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June 1, 2011

Apple has just updated GarageBand for iPad and iMovie for iPhone/iPad with bug fixes, AirPlay compatibility and other new features. Free updates are now available on the App Store. GarageBand for iPad version 1.0.1 is a 369MB download while iMovie for iOS (supports iPad 2, iPhone 4 and fourth-generation iPod touch) version 1.2.1 weighs in at 69.2MB, priced at five bucks each. Don’t panic if those updates don’t show in iTunes or the App Store app yet, propagating changess across all regional stores can take anywhere between a few minutes to a couple hours. Here’s the official list of enhancements from iTunes release notes.

GarageBand for iPad version 1.0.1

• support for audio output over AirPlay, Bluetooth devices and HDMI with the Apple Digital AV Adapter
• import of AIFF, WAV, CAF audio files and Apple Loops (16 bit, 44.1 kHz)
• allows copy and paste of audio from supported apps into GarageBand
• addresses occurrences of GarageBand freezing while playing Smart Instruments
• improves overall stability and addresses a number of minor issues

iMovie for iOS version 1.2.1

• audio plays from your HDTV when using the Apple Digital AV Adapter
• video plays full screen from Marquee to your HDTV when using the Apple Digital AV Adapter
• resolves some cases of missing media in projects
• provides more accurate clip grouping by date in Video browser
• fixes an issue where a project’s background music would not fade in or out
• additional performance and reliability improvements

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March 23, 2011

Yesterday, Apple updated a support document to reflect the problem some users reported with iMovie for iOS where the built-in media browser wouldn’t list certain video clips stored in your camera roll. According to Apple, footage not directly captured on the device may not be compatible with iMovie. This includes non-Apple-friendly material imported from, say, your camcorder – either directly via the official camera connection kit or through desktop iTunes. Such video clips do not appear in the Video browser within iMovie, explains Apple.

iMovie for iOS is designed to work with video recorded with iPad 2, iPhone 4, and iPod touch (4th generation). To ensure optimal performance, the app filters out certain non-Apple video clips from the Video browser. These incompatible clips cannot be added to your iMovie project.

Here’s a simple workaround that circumvents this design deficiency.

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March 10, 2011

Even though the original iPad is able to run the latest version of iMovie for iOS, Apple has decided to not allow original iPad users to install iMovie directly through the App Store. This decision has to do with the original iPad’s lack of cameras, slower processor, and less RAM.

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Apple pushed a press release this morning reminding us that iPad 2 will go on sale tomorrow (almost forgot!).  For those of us ordering online on the East Coast, we now have to change our alarms from 3am to 4am to make the purchase.  That’s awesome Apple (Grrr).

Some other clarifications contained within:

  • GarageBand and iMovie for iPad go on sale today for $4.99 each
  • Online orders now begin at 1 a.m. PT (not 12:00 that Apple reps had previously been reporting)
  • Every customer who buys an iPad 2 at an Apple retail store will be offered free Personal Setup service (That should keep lines moving briskly)
  • Apple Store opens iPad 2 sales  at 5PM (be prepared to wait while people get their iPad 2’s set up)
  • 5 p.m. will also be for AT&T, Best Buy, Target, Verizon Wireless, Walmart and select Apple Authorized Resellers
  • iPad 2 will be available in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK on March 25; and in many more countries around the world in the coming months. Further international availability and pricing will be announced at a later date.

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January 4, 2011

Apple has released software updates to their iMovie and Garageband applications, which are a part of the iLife ’11 suite. The iMovie update brings scrolling performance improvements, and bug fixes for stabilization and Facebook uploading. The Garageband update brings bug fixes as well as the return of the ability to Quantize Note Timing for tracks with Groove Matching. Apple updated iPhoto with emailing enhanments recently and the updates are available in Software Update.

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December 6, 2010

Jailbroken iPad users running iOS 4.2 are now able to run Apple’s iMovie iPhone 4 and iPod touch 4 application via a few SSH tricks. The problem is that iMovie runs like an iPhone app on an iPad- letterboxed. That’s where the jailbreak app FullForce comes in. The jailbreak-only app (available on Cydia) makes iMovie run fullscreen like a native iPad app. Check out more screenshots and instructions after the break (Thanks, SilverTH):

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June 28, 2010

Redmond Pie has successfully and completely ported iMovie for iPhone 4 to an iPhone 3GS. It was originally rumored that iMovie for iPhone only works on iPhone 4 due to the exclusive availability of 512 MB of RAM. Now, you can see that the application works almost flawlessly on a 256 MB of RAM device. 

If you’re interested in getting this working you will need to follow a long and tiring step-by-step guide which involved SSH skills, jailbreaking, and editing of the internal iMovie for iPhone application files. Because of this we don’t recommend it, but it’s cool for those who like to live life on the edge. 

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June 12, 2010

Tidbits got some new information about iMovie for iPhone 4:

  • It is a no-go on the iPhone 3GS, you need the iPhone 4’s A4 processor (iPad version por favor?) and probably its higher res screen as well.   Handling video and creating real-time transitions was the official reason.  
  • You can’t export projects (yet?) to iMovie on the Mac for further editing.  Obviously you can export via iTunes flat movies and do whatever you want on the desktop after that.
  • You can record video and still directly within the application or bring in previously recorded stills/videos.  Because of the way the iOS works, you can also use footage sent to you via email because image/video files are saved in the Camera Roll.  Obviously the files would need to be Apple-approved formats like H.264.  .AVIs need not apply.
  • The app will ship on June 24th for $4.99 (known already).  The app is for iPhone only because it probably uses the higher res display and probably won’t upscale to the iPad’s display.  It would be surprising if a iPad version doesn’t at some point ship, whether the iPad gets a camera or not. 

For $5, this app seems like a no-brainer.

 

October 13, 2009

iMovie 8.0.5 is out with a surprising new video format twist:

Dubbed iFrame, the new video format is based on industry standard technologies like H.264 video and AAC audio. As expected with H.264, iFrame produces much smaller file sizes than traditional video formats, while maintaining its high-quality video. Of course, the smaller file size increases import speed and helps with editing video files.

The first cameras  that support this new format are the high-end Dual Cameras, the $550 VPC-HD2000A and the $499 VPC-FH1A from Sanyo.

Update: Apple produces a KB article on the format

iMovie 8.0.5 also has the following improvements:

  • Improved compatibility with importing video captured on the iPod nano
  • Fixed problems with resizing the iMovie window during playback
  • The update is recommended for all users of iMovie ’09.

 

 

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