Apple’s 1984 Macintosh advert is a classic of modern advertising, and it nailed the countercultural appeal of both Apple and personal computing: in Apple’s hands the computer was an agent of liberty, bringing everybody freedom, opportunity and really nice stuff. Is today’s Apple more Big Brother than liberator?
The newly updated iLife suite for iPad rocks. iPhoto's new Journal feature is a nifty way to share photos with family and friends, and its new interface makes us wish that the Mac was getting its much needed iLife updated too. GarageBand also feels easier to use, and iMovie makes home videos more fun.
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.
So, for the sake of this tutorial we’re going to assume you already know how to lay down a funky drum beat, plug in a real guitar or keyboard, and make up your own killer riffs and solos using the Smart and Touch Instruments. Of course, recording is only one part of the process-- the next step is to get it all sounding great and wrap your head around the way GarageBand organizes your songs into Sections.
Of course there's iPad 3 rumors, of course there are. You'd be a fool not to expect them. Our only surprise is that they haven't reached such feverish blistered fingers hot levels yet. Maybe it's because Tim Cook's iPhone 4S was such a lukewarm affair compared to the Steve mojo. At any rate, we've got that and a few other spicy bits for you to chew on in this week's muy caliente roundup.
GarageBand offers a selection of virtual guitar, bass, keyboards and drums that you play by tapping on the iPad’s screen. To make music that sounds any good, you’ll need to know how to play the real versions of these instruments.
It was a week for updates, that's for sure. (Even the product above got updated, though this happened years ago over several iterations. Ahem.) This week saw people pushing out new versions of software everywhere we turned. We don't know what's in the pipelines, but we like it when our apps get great new tools and slick new features. It's pretty hot stuff, we don't mind telling you. And here's some of the other hot magic happening this week.
While seasoned musical pros will take to GarageBand like the proverbial duck to water, what about the rest of us? People who can’t play an instrument might be left wondering what the point of GarageBand is for them. Well, they needn’t, because Apple has created something called Smart Instruments that lets just about anybody create great-sounding songs.