Yesterday, after its iPad event, Apple released an updated version of GarageBand for iOS that includes a few new features. First is Smart Strings. Similar to the other smart modes, Smart Strings makes it easy to control a set of string instruments and to have them work together to create music on the fly. There's also a new note editor, as well as iCloud integration that allows you to push a track to iCloud so you can then access it from your other iOS devices. Lastly, Jam Sessions allows multiple iOS devices to all play together, mimicking a live jam session. Pretty neat. You can download the update now from the App Store, or buy it for $4.99.
At yesterday's iPad event, Apple unveiled the final piece of the puzzle as it pertains to bringing the full iLife suite to iOS with the release of iPhoto for iPad and iPhone. Similar to GarageBand and iMovie, iPhoto is available now as a universal app for $5. So, what's the draw? Well, iPhoto lets you use your iOS device's multi-touch display to perform basic photo editing function like simple one-tap white balance, red-eye removal, and exposure adjustments. You can also crop and straighten images, and remove blemishes with ease.
You can pull up your photos that are stored on your device, including the camera roll and Photo Stream, and compare images side-by-side. Edits are non-destructive as they save a copy rather than editing the original. You can process images that are up to 19 megapixels, which should be fine for the vast majority of people out there, but for those of you shooting with a Canon 5D Mark II in RAW format, you may wanna look elsewhere for your photo processing software--but in that scenario, why would you be using an iPad for that function anyway?
You've got a bunch of sharing options, including Twitter, Facebook, and Flickr. You can also export photos to your Camera Roll and to iTunes and email them to contacts. One new feature is Journal, where you can select a group of photos that iPhoto then puts together in a unique gallery with dates, weather information, maps, and more. It's like making a diary out of photos relating to an event or range of dates.
For $5, you can't go wrong with iPhoto for iOS. You can get it now on the App Store.
Continuing the plethora of Apple updates today, iPhoto has been updated to version 9.2.2. the big change here is that now you can delete pictures from your iCloud Photo Stream, a feature that was also released in iOS 5.1 today as well. You can get the download through Software Update, or through the Mac App Store.
As Apple promised this morning during its iPad event, iOS 5.1 is now available for download. What's new? Well the major items include the fact that Siri can now speak to you in Japanese, photos can be deleted from Photo Stream (finally!), and a camera shortcut is now always visible on the lock screen of the iPhone and iPod touch. Other additions include a 4G indicator on the AT&T iPhone 4S, and optimized audio for iTunes TV and movies to make the audio louder and clearer when watching on an iPad. Download it now!
As we've told you previously, iExplorer is a piece of free software allows you to browse the contents of your iPhone for select files. The nice thing is that iExplorer even lets you export files that were created and saved in third-party apps. In this tutorial, we show you how to do that yourself. As a point of reference we’ll be using MusicBox, a Rhapsody-type of serivce. Follow these few steps, and you’ll be on your way to moving files to and from your iPhone with ease.
Normally when you connect a storage device to a computer, you’re given the option of managing its files. You’re able to locate individual files for exporting and editing purposes. However, trying to attempt this with an Apple iOS device is a different story, since they aren't recognized as a mass storage device over USB. There are roundabout ways of bypassing this, but who really wants to mess around with that? We’d rather connect the iPhone and search our files through a Finder- or Explorer-like UI. Thanks to the guys over at Macroplant, you can now search your files on an iPhone.
We've been talking about March 7 as the date that Apple will unveil the new iPad 3 to the world, and this morning that company confirmed it as invites went out to select members of the press. The iPad 3 will make its debut at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco at 10:00AM PST on March 7, just 8 days from today. As you can see in the invite above, it's a teaser of a high resolution Retina Display-equipped Apple tablet! According to many sources, it'll also be the first iPad to include a 4G LTE chipset as well. As always, we'll let you know the details of the announcements as they happen next week.
Apple has announced OS X Mountain Lion, its next major operating system for the Mac. Mountain Lion is OS X 10.8, and brings with it a bunch of features previously only found on iOS devices. These features include iMessage, Notes, Twitter, AirPlay Mirroring, Game Center, Notification Center, Reminders, Share Sheets, and deeper iCloud integration as well. In this video, we bring you a tour of the new Mountain Lion operating system, which launches this summer on the Mac App Store.
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This morning Apple announced OS X Mountain Lion, and alongside the announcement they've also made available the first Mountain Lion Developer Preview. Anyone with a Developer Account can log into Apple's Dev portal to download the first build (12A128p) of OS X 10.8, which will be available to all later this summer.
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