When Apple announced the new iPad they also released iOS 5.1, with annoying jailbreaking problems and new versions of iLife Mobile.
iLife Mobile is built off of the Mac software, iPhoto, GarageBand, and iMovie. These apps (though not released for iOS) also have a higher costing, more powerful version.
The Mac iLife set includes:
- iPhoto: A photo organizer that has some basic editing features among cropping, auto enhancing, saturation, etc. The high end powerful software for iPhoto is Aperture, much more like Photoshop. Aperture costs $80.
- GarageBand: Music editing for 'garage bands', hence the name. Use it to create new songs with pre-included drum rolls or effects or edit your own songs. I used it to edit a song with profanity so I could take off the parental warning sticker and listen to it on speakers. The high end powerful software for GarageBand is Logic Pro, costing $199.
- iMovie: Remember your family trips or a special time with style. iMovie allows you to create theatre-styled trailers, edit, put in soundtracks, and otherwise edit your videos. The high end powerful software (sometimes called iMove Pro) is Final Cut Pro, costing $299.
So, now you know what the Mac software can do. Now lets take a look at the mobile counterpart.
- iPhoto: I would say it is more powerful than the Mac version. Seriously. More brushes, effects, and editing power is included in the $4.99 app. Automatically importing your photo library into itself as well as your photo stream (if on) is just so nice, and also I just like that it replaces the original ones and adds them to your photo stream.
- GarageBand: This one is cool. You can easily sync your music projects with your Mac, and drag and drop tracks anywhere. Record, play the guitar or piano, or whatever you want. You can even connect up to 4 iDevices via bluetooth or WiFi and jam together. That, to me, just seems fun--and only for $4.99.
- iMovie: This one is older, but now it has upgrades. Now you can make trailers just like the desktop version and sync with iMovie via iTunes. Upload directly to YouTube, Vimeo, Twitter, Facebook or another site. Add pre-included sound tracks and drag and drop photos. For just $4.99, this app really makes your life special.
All of these apps require iOS 5.1, and personally, it seems to me like they were made for iPad, just because of the bigger screen. I have these apps and use them a lot. Apple has hit the jackpot again with iLife Mobile for iOS.
By Calvin Spangler Young
Apple Geek/fan, iKnow it all, homeschooled nerd, and guru for any thing with the prefix of a lowercase i.