Yesterday, Apple made what will likely be its final product announcements of 2013, and there was plenty they had to go over during the 2013 Apple iPad event. The star of the show was the iPad Air, although some might argue that OS X Mavericks launching for free was the biggest surprise of the day. We covered all the news, and have broken everything down by category below to make it easy for you to catch up.
- 15-inch MacBook Pro updated, now starts at $1999
- 13-inch MacBook Pro refreshed with Retina display, starts at $1299
- The new Mac Pro launches in December for $2999
OS X & iOS
- OS X Mavericks will launch today, completely free
- Apple releases iOS 7.0.3 with iCloud Keychain, iMessage fix, Touch ID tweaks
- OS X Mavericks now available, grab it from the App Store for free
- Apple releases Numbers 3.0, here’s a look at what’s new
- Apple releases next major version of Keynote, here’s what’s new
- Apple Pages hits 5.0, here’s a look at what’s new
- iMovie 10.0 now available, here’s a list of all the new features
- Apple releases major iPhoto ‘11 update, here’s what’s new
What was your favorite announcement of the day?
Up next for today's Apple software updates coming out of the Apple iPad event is iMovie. iMovie sees a redesign, and also bring in a bunch of iCloud functionality, allowing you iMovie content to be found and played back on your iOS devices, and Apple TV. Here's the full list of what's new:
- All-new, streamlined design
- Share clips, movies, and trailers to iMovie Theater and watch them anywhere
- Video browsing mode with quick clip sharing
- Adjustments Bar for easy access to video and audio controls
- 16 new title styles
- 14 new trailer templates from iMovie for iOS
- Eight new movie themes from iMovie for iOS
- Use photos in trailers
- Plus button for quickly adding clips to your movie
- Trim video and audio clips directly in the timeline
- Simplified drag and drop for picture-in-picture, side-by-side, green screen, and audio-only effects
- One-click Enhance for video and audio
- Adjust shadows, highlights, and color temperature
- Match the color of two clips
- Ken Burns Effect for panorama photos
- Improved video stabilization
- Enhanced green screen and blue screen effect
- Volume-aware audio ducking
- Speed change controls in the timeline
- Add just a portion of a song from iTunes to your movie
- Email video clips and projects
- Sharing support for Youku and Tudou
- Import, analyze, and share clips in the background
- Native support for AVCHD video
- 64-bit support
As announced during this morning's Apple iPad event, the company is also updating its entire suite of creative and productivity apps across OS X and iOS. First up, iPhoto, which is bumped to version 9.5. Below is a list of what's new:
- 64-bit support
- The Places feature now uses Apple maps to display photo locations
- Adds support for iCloud Photo Sharing, including the ability to post videos to shared photo streams and the ability to have multiple subscribers contribute to a shared stream
- Adds support for iOS 7 camera filters applied to photos imported from iOS devices
- Includes a new, streamlined interface for printing
- Replaces the Create menu with an updated Share menu providing access to all sharing options, including print products such as books, cards and calendars
- Fixes an issue that could cause iPhoto to quit unexpectedly when sharing an edited photo from a MacBook Pro with Retina display
- Addresses an issue that could cause iPhoto to show incorrect file type and size information for imported TIFF and PSD files
- Comment sheet now appears correctly when sharing multiple photos to a new or existing photo stream
- Fixes an issue that caused photos with specific color profiles to display incorrectly on iOS devices after being shared via iCloud
- Captions instead of version names are now synced between iPhoto and Facebook for newly-created albums
- Privacy settings can now be managed when sharing photos from iPhoto to a Facebook Timeline
- Videos up to three minutes long can now be shared to Flickr
- Addresses an issue that could cause photos synced to iPhoto from Flickr to appear rotated incorrectly
- Fixes an issue that could cause photos synced to iPhoto from Facebook or Flickr to be duplicated and reposted
- URLs in the photo comments field can now be clicked to open the corresponding links
- Improves reliability when working with custom locations in the Places feature
- Improves reliability when copying and pasting photos to a new event
- When a single photo is selected in an album, clicking the Trash button in the contextual menu now removes the photo from the album rather than from the library
- Includes stability and performance improvements
Read More | iPhoto '11
As we'd mentioned earlier, Apple has pushed out the OS X 10.9 Mavericks Golden Master seed to developers. Along with the update, an update to iPhoto is also available. Here are some of the changes Apple is promoting for iPhoto 9.4.7:
- iCloud Photo Sharing: iPhoto sports improved Photo Stream sharing, allowing you to both share photos and videos with friends and family, and subscribe to streams that have been shared with you, right in iCloud. This includes the ability to add new content to streams, comment, and more.
- Apple Maps integration: For images with location metadata, iPhoto now uses Apple Maps to show high quality imagery of the places where your photos were taken.
- Improved local printing: Printing off hard copies of your images has been improved with a focus on improving ease of use.
- Photo projects: The ability to choose photos that can be used to create books, greeting cards, calendars, and more has been improved.
- Mavericks compatibility: iPhoto is ready to take advantage of OS X Mavericks technologies and APIs.
You can grab the new version of iPhoto by updating in the Mac App Store.
Apple has announced that it's iWork suite for iOS devices will be free with the purchase of a new device going forward as announced at this morning's iPhone 5S event. This means that Pages, Keynote, Numbers, iPhoto, and iMovie will all be downloadable for free to those who purchase a new iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. To give you an idea of what you are saving, that is $39.95 worth of apps that Apple now gives new buyers for free to all iOS 7-compatible devices activated after September 1, 2013, including current devices, as well as the new iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S.
Apple has update Garageband for iOS for free with some new features, tweaks and fixes. The notable new features is Audiobus support within the app. Users can now add other compatible music and sound apps with the Audiobus feature, so get your creative touch music juices going and be the next Harlem Shake. GarageBand is priced $4.99 and its a universal app that works with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
What's New in Version 1.4
- Play and record music apps supported by Audiobus directly into GarageBand*
- Turn off grid snapping to get finer control over region and note editing
- Fixes an issue that resulted in feedback while connecting 3rd-party audio accessories into the headphone/microphone jack
Requires iPhone 4S, iPod touch (5th generation), iPad 2 or later. Audiobus requires a separate purchase.
Read More | App Store
Aside from today's iOS 6.0.1 update, Apple was so inclined to also release updates for both Aperture and iPhoto. You can grab Aperture 3.4.2 and iPhoto 9.4.2 now in the Mac App Store. Both updates include a host of new tweaks and optimizations, and we've got the full rundown after the break.
- Improves the reliability of syncing to iOS devices via iTunes
- Fixes an issue that could cause iPhoto to quit unexpectedly when using the Export command
- Addresses an issue that could cause iPhoto to quit unexpectedly when upgrading multiple books, cards, and calendars
- Resolves an issue with downloading and viewing photos synced from Facebook albums
Fire up Software Update to grab the new version. You can get iPhoto on the Mac App Store.
Following the string of software that Apple has released today, including Mountain Lion and iPhoto 9.3.2, an updated version of iMovie is also available. iMovie 9.0.7 brings with it fixes for a few bugs that users have been experiences. Expect fixes related to third-party QuickTime compenents that would cause iMovie to crash, stability improvements when previewing MPEG-2 video clips in the Camera Import window, and a few audio fixes as well. You can download iMovie 9.0.7 now by launching Software Update on your Mac.
Read More | iMovie
A bunch of Mac apps are being updated today (like Rdio and Fantastical) to support today's release of OS X Mountain Lion, now available on the Mac App Store. iPhoto joins the list with release 9.3.2, which includes support for Mountain Lion and adds sharing options for Messages and Twitter alongside other performance and stability improvements. You can download the update now.