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iMovie for iOS updated with iOS 8 support, video filters, clip speed settings, and more

Update: Apple seems to have temporarily pulled this update in order to fix widely-reported crashes. It will likely be available again soon.
Update 2: It’s back now.

Apple has pushed out an updated version of iMovie for iOS (version 2.1) today that features support for the newly-released iOS 8 software and several other new features. The update includes 10 new Apple-designed filters that can be applied to your clips, speed settings for projects on newer iOS devices (iPhone 5s, iPad Air, and Retina iPad mini), as well as iCloud Drive support.

You can also now export your videos to other apps using iOS 8’s inter-app connectivity features. An iMovie extension for the Photos application allows you to enhance the videos in your camera roll without leaving the app. Titles can now be created with bi-directional text, and support for five languages has been added.

You can grab iMovie 2.1 from the iOS App Store for $4.99 (or as a free update for existing owners).

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  1. Toro Volt (@torovolt) - 9 years ago

    I hope that this new version doesn’t default to panning when inserting still photos. At least I hope that there is a Template included that leaves the photo still by default. It is PITA to manually remove that panning effect.

  2. Taste_of_Apple - 9 years ago

    Pretty nice update.

  3. PMZanetti - 9 years ago

    Odd. Crashes for me on launch. Had to delete and reinstall. We’ll see if that helps.

    • PMZanetti - 9 years ago

      Still crashes. What a botched launch today all around.

      • Edison Wrzosek - 9 years ago

        I’m not sure what you’re referring to by all-around; for me, this has been one of the smoothest iOS upgrades I’ve ever experienced, and am thrilled at what 8 has brought to the table.

  4. Rahul Rana (@iRahulRana) - 9 years ago

    Crashes on launch for me and a friend.

    • iSRS - 9 years ago

      Same here. Ugg. Hope the kinks are ironed out by Friday when the world is opening iPhone 6s

  5. Bob Van Valzah - 9 years ago

    I was offered the update, but when I tried to download it, I got the message like “The app you purchased is no longer available.” I suspect it’s been pulled.

  6. rlo (@rpez21) - 9 years ago

    I can’t find it in the app store now, and clicking the direct link in the article comes up with Item Not Available. I would rather Apple have postponed everything by a month, really.

    • iSRS - 9 years ago

      As a Software Development Project Manager? If you say “Let’s delay a month to be more steady” you will be in a perpetual loop of something to fix. At some point, you have to be good enough, and baseline… This isn’t that bad. lots of little things, that, yes, add up, but nothing show stopping. It will all be good by Yosemite in a month

      • rlo (@rpez21) - 9 years ago

        Yes, I work quite closely with soft dev as well. To me, my baseline for Apple is past launches. Every iwork app was bad, yet they were released first before being pulled, and slowly are trickling back into the app store. HealthKit compatible apps being removed from the app store just prior to the OS release because of a HealthKit flaw, (third party apps with their act together, submitting in good faith by a pre-determined deadline, mind you, not Apple’s own apps).

        This sounds to me like trying to have too many things ready by today, only to have too many things NOT be as a result. As a soft dev PM? I’d think you’d also have a pipeline that dictates certain core, necessary things be ready by the drop-dead, with ancillaries waiting for the x.1, not releasing en masse only to have to revoke. If that’s the baseline, it needs to be revised.

  7. Toro Volt (@torovolt) - 9 years ago

    I’ve always said. Apple reached its peak in technical excellence around iOS5.

    • PMZanetti - 9 years ago

      Not at all. What did happen is they changed their standards for stuff going out the door. More became more important than perfection.

  8. ian (@chris_sanford22) - 9 years ago

    I’ve seen this update on my phone early morning then why it is now no longer available in the App Store few hours or minutes ago?

  9. esthermofet - 9 years ago

    I think I found a possible solution to the iMovie crash. Documented what I did to get it to reinstall and start on my 5S here:

  10. Edison Wrzosek - 9 years ago

    It looks like Apple has now pulled the update. It’s still listed as pending an update, but when I try to install, gives me a This app is no longer available error. Guess they’re fixing it.

  11. dridots - 9 years ago

    Siri didn’t work but for some crazy reason she’s nack

  12. David Q - 9 years ago

    This is probably a very silly question but I have updated iMovie and tried to test the extension in the Photos app. When I try to “share” a video with other apps, I can see all the usual suspects plus OneNote but I don’t see iMovie as an option, even after touching the “more” icon. It’s not there. Is there some obvious fix I just haven’t discovered yet?

    • David Q - 9 years ago

      Yep, I’m an idiot….I had to actually have the video selected and going full screen before iMovie was an option for the extensions. Problem solved.

  13. I wonder if this will have an improved layout for the 6 plus?