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Apple has just announced that setting up any new iOS device will ship with free copies of iWork, iPhoto, and iMovie for iOS. The 3 iWork apps including Pages, Keynote, and Numbers, in addition to the two iLife apps– iPhoto and iMovie– will be available for free to users purchasing a new device. During the setup process, users will be prompted to download the five Apple apps for free. Apple will be making the apps available to all iOS 7 compatible devices purchased after September 1st.

Prior to today’s announcement, we suggested that Apple could make the apps available for free after announcing its new iWork for iCloud web apps.

September 3, 2013


June 25, 2013

Russian blog iGuides.ru points us to a new hack for Apple TV users that brings Russian subscription TV & movie service Unlimovie.tv to the device with no jailbreak required. The service, which is currently in beta, requires users to manually change the DNS on their device (easily accessible from within Settings) in order to access its digital TV service directly through Apple’s own Trailers app.

It isn’t the first hack of its kind: Just a couple weeks back, one of our favorite media servers, Plex, arrived on Apple TV without a jailbreak through what appeared to be a similar hack of the stock Trailers app.

The Unlimovie.tv service is currently in beta, allowing users to access a number of Russian digital TV channels for free, but the creators plan to officially launch the service in September through its paid subscriptions. That is, of course, if Apple doesn’t put an end to it in the meantime. expand full story

February 13, 2013


1. Jingu Friends | Free Version 1.4.0 of this people-finding client for WhatsApp, Kik Messenger, Hookt & LiveProfile just hit the App Store with the ability to “slap people with stickers and earn cool badges.” Additional updates include emojis in messages, as well as options to follow and get followed, post longer messages, and share links.

Screenshots are above.

2. Slacker Radio | Free Version 4.0.119 of this music service launched today with the following update summary in the change log:

This version of Slacker Radio is all-new for iPhone and iPod, featuring a new visual interface and the debut of the Slacker “Music Guide”. Slacker listeners will discover more music, news, talk and sports than ever before. Look for the visual tile layout to view station, artist, album and song pages and enjoy improved functionality and overall stability as you experience the most complete music service available.

More apps and updates below.

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September 19, 2012

As expected, Apple is releasing updates to many of its iOS apps today including Garageband, Keynote, Numbers, Cards, iPhoto, iMovie, and Find My Friends with support for iOS 6 and other new features. We also expect to see a few more updates headed towards the rest of Apple’s own iOS apps today following the public release of iOS 6 earlier today.

Some of the new features now available in the updated apps, in addition to iOS 6 support: Location-based alerts in the Find My Friends app, the ability to create custom ringtons and alerts in GarageBand, iPad support for Cards with a new universal app (and new themes, layouts, and iPhoto integration) , and huge updates to iPhoto and iMovie that bring a long list of new features. Release notes for all the new updates below:

GarageBand version 1.3:

• Create custom ringtones and alerts for your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch* • Import songs from the Music library on your iOS device • Play or record with GarageBand in the background while using other apps** • Addresses a number of minor issues related to overall performance and stability

* Requires iOS 6 or later ** Requires iPhone 4S, iPad 2 or later

Keynote version 1.6.2:

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July 25, 2012

In addition to being included with OS X Mountain Lion, Apple has rolled out its updated version of the Safari web browser – Safari 6 – to OS X Lion users. The update includes what Apple calls the Smart Search Field. This new search bar basically unifies the URL bar with the web search bar. Also in the update is offline reading list, Baidu Chinese search support, Do Not Track, and improved password management. The OS X Mountain Lion variant includes a new Tab View and iCloud Tabs feature, but those aren’t available in Lion.

Safari 6.0 for OS X Lion:

  • Smart Search Field. Safari now has one field for typing both searches and web addresses.
  • Offline Reading List. Safari saves entire webpages in your Reading List so you can catch up on your reading even when you don’t have an internet connection.
  • Do Not Track. Safari can send the websites you visit a request not to track you online.
  • Password pane. Manage your saved website logins with the new Password pane.
  • Baidu. The leading Chinese search engine Baidu is now a built-in option for Chinese users.

Apple has also released an updated version of its iWork productivity suite with MacBook Pro Retina display support and iCloud Documents in the Cloud sync.

Also, new updates for Aperture, iPhoto, and iMovie have been released. Full release notes after the break (thanks Keith!):

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May 1, 2012

Apple has released minor software updates for iLife for iOS. The suite received major updates on March 7, the day of the new iPad announcement, and today’s updates focus on slight enhancements and bug fixes.

iMovie 1.3.1: 

This update improves overall stability and addresses a number of minor issues, including the following: • Adds the ability to access Help when editing a project on iPad • Resolves an issue where the incorrect frame was shown after splitting a clip

iPhoto: 1.0.1:

• When publishing a journal to iCloud, the URL of the journal can now be copied using a Copy Link button • Addresses an issue that could cause duplicate photos to appear in Photos view • Includes stability improvements

Garageband 1.2.1: 

What’s New in Version 1.2.1 • Fixes an issue that could lead to crashing or missing songs when sharing to iCloud • Resolves an error when logging into SoundCloud using a Facebook account • Addresses minor issues related to performance and stability

Cards and iTunes U also saw minor bug fix updates.

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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”. expand full story


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.

Original iPad users who want to run iMovie on their original iPad shouldn’t fear as iMovie can work on their iPads… without a jailbreak. expand full story

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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