Apple finally transitions the last of its iLife apps to the mobile space with iPhoto, a new app that modernizes the way we manipulate images. It’s fast with a slick, touch-friendly UI, but users of the Mac version will discover it’s an island unto itself that eventually threatens to be hamstrung by storage limitations.
If you’ve happened to watch Wednesday’s keynote on Apple’s website, you may have noticed a curious thing that CEO Tim Cook did early on -- he stopped the show for a moment to get a few swift kicks in the head to Android’s Twitter app, which he dismissed as simply a “blown-up smartphone app.”
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.
Digital cameras recognize faces as an arrangement of shapes, and they use this to select the best focus and exposure settings for the picture, on the assumption that any faces will be the most important part of the image. Only a few cameras take the next step, which is to try to distinguish one individual from another on the basis of their facial features, but this is the basis of iPhoto’s Faces system.
Big news last week was Mountain Lion's sneaking out the gate without a big hoopedy doo Keynote. There's been little news on that front since then, but there are a few pieces to the puzzle, along with iCloud follies, and a few Apple TV tips (which might just be Apple's next big thing). Let's see what's cookin' in the hot stories this week.
Early photographs keep surprisingly well compared to more modern dye-based prints from the 70s and 80s. But they do eventually deteriorate – the paper gets creased and mottled by mold, which thrives in the damp garages and lofts where most of us keep our old family photos.
Do you actually use all the Events iPhoto creates for all the photos you import? The idea is quite a good one because, in theory, your photos will be grouped together into, well, ‘Events’; and because they’re displayed as tiles, it should be easier to scroll through and find the pictures you want.
(In our best Robin Williams from Good Morning, Vietnam:) Good morning, MacLife.com! That’s right… thanks to your traffic to our weekday evening news recaps, we’re now happy to offer you twice the fun each day, starting right now. You’ll now get 10 bite-sized news stories each weekday -- five in the morning and five in the evening -- so you don’t miss a single interesting bit of tech news! Let’s kick things off with a recap of a few stories that made news since our Tuesday night edition went live, shall we…?