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What good is a new Retina Display iPad without a bunch of Apple-created apps to go with it? To that end, the folks in Cupertino have offered up a host of updates to the current iWork, iMovie and GarageBand apps as well as porting yet another member of the iLife family to the tablet fold with iPhoto.
Apple has announced updates to the existing iWork, iMovie and GarageBand apps for iOS as part of its new iPad event in San Francisco. Each has been refreshed for the new Retina Display of the third-generation iPad arriving on March 16, with a few new features thrown into the mix as well.
GarageBand for iOS now features Smart Strings, a Note editor and sharing abilities along with iCloud integration, while iMovie gets storyboards and the ability to create trailers, much like the desktop version of the app. Both apps are $4.99 as usual and a free update for existing users will be available today.
The big news, of course, is the long-awaited arrival of iPhoto for iOS. "If you're someone, like many of us are, who truly love the photos they take with family and friends and want to do even more with their photos, that is what iPhoto is for,” Apple’s Phil Schiller announced. "It gives you great new ways to browse through all those photos, and it has truly groundbreaking ways to edit those photos."
To demonstrate the new iPhoto app, Schiller introduced Randy Ubillios, Apple’s Chief Architect for photo and video apps. The software includes new gestures, effects, multitouch editing and even the ability to wirelessly transfer photos between devices. Amazing new automatic enhancements are also part of the package.
The new iPhoto app is a universal app priced at $4.99 and is now available from the App Store, along with updates to the existing Pages, Numbers, Keynote (each $9.99), iMovie and GarageBand apps.
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