Apple releases iPhoto, GarageBand & iMovie updates!


Earlier today I read on TUAW that Apple had released updates to all three iLife Applications, however when I clicked on the software update button there was nothing new, it didn’t take long for us to realize that the new versions of GarageBand (6.0.4), iMovie (9.0.4) and iPhoto(9.1.5) were only available through the Mac App Store.

Now however the updates seem to be available everywhere, so go ahead and download the updates either through the Mac App Store or via the ‘classic’ update option through the Software Update.

The changes to the update are listed below:

GarageBand 6.0.4

This update supports general compatibility issues, and addresses overall stability and performance issues including the following:

• Fixes an issue with the GarageBand Lesson Store not completing single or multiple lesson downloads.
• Corrects issues with some tempo-based effects falling out of sync with main song tempo.
• Resolves problems with Magic GarageBand project files not opening up correctly in the GarageBand tracks view.

The update is recommended for all users of GarageBand ’11.

iPhoto 9.1.5

This update supports general compatibility issues, and also addresses overall stability and performance. Minor issues addressed include:

• The date range of each event now updates correctly to reflect changes made to photos using the Adjust Time and Date command
• Addresses an issue that could cause the Photos view to scroll incorrectly when Event Titles are displayed
• Fixes a problem that could prevent Ken Burns animations from being applied correctly on photos in a saved Classic slideshow
• Deleting photos from a web album using the contextual menu now removes them from the album without deleting them from the library
• Addresses an issue that could prevent a crop adjustment from being removed from a photo when using the Revert to Original command

The update is recommended for all users of iPhoto ’11.

iMovie 9.0.4

This update improves overall stability and addresses a number of minor issues, including the following:

• Support for opening projects imported from iMovie for iOS.
• Fixes an issue where some audio adjustments were not preserved.
• Addresses a performance issue when using large quantities of video clips with keywords.
• Resolves issue with slow application launch when working with large iPhoto libraries.

The update is recommended for all users of iMovie ’11.

Apple releases iWeb 3.0.3 update

If you have clicked the software update button anytime in the past few hours, you will have noticed that the latest version of Apple’s iWeb site editor (part of the iLife suite) is available now for download.

According to Apple the iWeb patch contains

“bug fixes and improvements,” including: resolving an issue when using the iSight Movie widget on certain Macs; an issue publishing iWeb sites using FTP; and “improves compatibility with Mac OS X” .

The update weighs in at 186 MB and is available through the software update.

Apple updates iMovie and GarageBand

Last week Apple released an update for iPhoto, now they have just released software updates to their iMovie and Garageband applications, which are a part of the iLife ’11 suite. The updates are available through the Software Update.


The GarageBand update to version 6.0.1 (42.7 MB) improves stability, and:

  • Fixes an issue related to undoing Flex Time edits
  • Removes occasional latency that can occur on guitar tracks
  • Restores ability to use the Quantize Note Timing menu for tracks with Groove Matching

The iMovie 9.0.1 update (28.5 MB) improves stability and:

  • Fixes an issue where stabilization would not be applied correctly to some video clips from iPhone and iPod touch
  • FIxes an issue that prevented use of some valid Facebook passwords that contained non-alphanumeric characters.
  • Improves compatibility with some cameras that create content in multiple formats, and
  • Improves performance when scrolling the Project Library.

If you just bought a new Mac then you can get iLife ’11 for $7

So you just spent over 2 grand on a shiny new Mac, only to find out two weeks later Apple releases the super-fabulous iLife ’11, which as you know from the press conference comes with a $49 price tag, so what now?

Well we have some good news for you Apple is letting recent Mac buyers upgrade from the previous version of iLife for $7, so long as they bought the Mac(s) on or after Oct. 1; same deal applies to anyone buying a Mac now or in the future without iLife ’11.

The only downside is that the $7 upgrade is only available online, in other words you’ll have to wait for it in the mail — or wince as you pay for a $49 copy from an Apple Store, if you’re in a hurry to try out all the awesome new features.

Will Apple sell unbundled iLife and iWork applications?

The buzzing after Apple’s “Back to Mac” event just wont stop. Several blogs and news sites around the web have pointed out that Apple’s promotional materials for its forthcoming Mac App Store show that the company may be planning to offer applications from its iLife and iWork suites on an individual basis.

Based on the screenshot posted by Apple on the Official Mac App Store page, it appears that the company is planning to offer portions of its iLife suite (iPhoto, GarageBand, and iMovie) for $14.99 each.

Apple similarly lists individual components of iWork (Pages, Keynote, and Numbers) for $19.99 each. Which as points out, “would result in a total price of $59.97 for the three applications purchased individually, below Apple’s $79 price for the entire suite.”

In addition, Steve Jobs noted during the media event that applications purchased through the Mac App Store would be licensed for use on all of a purchaser’s personal Macs, which means there wont be any problems with licenses and so on.

Apple already offers its iPad versions of Pages, Keynote and Numbers as standalone purchases on the iOS App Store, priced at $9.99 each with no bundled suite even available. The same may be true for the Mac App Store, as Apple’s promotional screenshots offer no indication that iLife and iWork suites will be available for download in bundled form.

Macbook Air comes with Software Reinstall USB drive!

One of the smaller, however still noteworthy, details that were released during Apple’s “Back to the Mac” event was the fact that the new MacBook Air Models now ships with a stylish USB drive for software re-installation duties, the reasoning behind this being the lack of an optical drive on the Macbook Air.

The USB drive can’t be erased, or re-formated, storage comes up at around 8GB, of which 7.5GB is used for the OS X and iLife installers. As you can see above the device is really small, smaller in fact than most normal USB drives.

While the Air can still use a remote optical drive, as well as take advantage of the external Air SuperDrive, we are certain that this free accessory will come in handy for those late night software emergencies when friendly computers and Apple Stores are nowhere in sight.

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Did Aple just leak information about new products?

A Polish blogger has reported some very interesting discoveries from the official Apple forum.

Some clever exploring of Apple’s discussion forum has revealed several new products that are believed to be part of today’s announcements.

A blogger on found that by typing in certain category numbers manually, you could find these placeholder categories:

Category 277 – Reserved 10 20
Category 278 – iMovie ’11
Category 279 – GarageBand ’11
Category 280 – iPhoto ’11
Category 281 – MBA (Need official name)

According to the blogger the trick is very simple, you just change the ID in the web address.

So iMovie 11 would be written as:

It will be interesting to see if this really will be the case after the “Back to Mac” event later today, or if Apple has just reserved these for potential future use.

Apple to hold iPod event soon

Normally Apple holds their iPod related events in September, however several sources are reporting that Apple might change the timeframe and hold their event in August, with the 16th or 17th being thrown around as possible dates.

Several tech sites are rumoring that Apple will release an update to their very popular iPod Touch, the new device is supposed to include a front-facing camera for FaceTime, as well as a rear camera with flash for taking pictures. It also said that Apple will add a gyroscope to the next-generation iPod touch — all features found in the recently released iPhone 4.

We think the August event would also be a good time to introduce the new revamped iLife 11, which as we reported earlier was supposed to be released during August. Rumors of an Apple update within the iPod line have gained popularity during the past few weeks, with several sites uploading mock-ups of potential iPod casings.

Will Apple release iLife ’11 on August 7th?


The rumors around iLife keep getting more intense, a few days ago we reported that several books have started circulating in Amazon shops around the world.

French website Mac4Ever has reported that Apple will lift the curtain on the new iLife on August 7th ,while this date is a Saturday, and we doubt Apple will release news about a product as important as iLife, we still think this rumors are interesting.

The new iLife is rumored to include several updates such as:

All applications will be 64-bit

– Improvements in iPhoto faces & places

– Improving the integration of social networks

– iWeb will be totally renewed

– New application (See below!)

– Disappearance of iDVD

– MobileMe gallery in beta (with faces & places)

Many ponder what the new mystery app could be, according to 9to5Mac the application will be more of an upgrade than a new application, iDVD would be redesigned allowing it to create iTunes LP and iTunes Extras packages, “giving consumers a way to share detailed digital albums featuring all manner of multimedia assets.”

It really is time for an update since the previous iLife ’09 was released in January of 2009, with major upgrades to all of its applications, including the Faces and Places features in iPhoto, and the addition of the Precision Editor to iMovie.