Apple Redesigns iLife and iWork Apps
Apple today announced new versions of its core creativity and productivity suites, iLife and iWork. iPhoto, iMovie, and GarageBand have all been redesigned with the design language used by iOS 7, as well as given new features. iPhoto makes it easier to organize albums; iMovie can now create picture-in-picture videos and slow motion effects; and GarageBand can handle more tracks in a single recording. All the apps have new support for iCloud, and can sync contents/file changes between iOS and Mac-based machines. iWork has been redesigned, too, to bring over the new elements of iOS 7. Pages, Apple's Microsoft Word equivalent, has less "chrome" getting in the way of content; Numbers has more graphics and visual tools; and Presentations adds object-based animation, new transitions, and more realistic physics. Last, Apple added collaboration tools to iWork for iCloud, which will allow people to share and work on documents/files. All six apps are free for iOS (and Mac) devices and will be available beginning later today.
Apple Overhauls Productivity Software for iOS and Mac
Apple has released new versions of Pages, Numbers, and Keynote for both its iOS and Mac platforms. The iOS apps gain 3D Touch for the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, and split-screen multitasking on the iPad.
Apple's GarageBand Scores Alchemy Synthesizer
Apple today announced a major update to GarageBand, its music creating and recording app for iOS devices. Chiefly, GarageBand now includes the Alchemy synthesizer, which adds more than 150 new patches from Apple that span myriad styles like pop, rock, EDM, and hip hop.
MacOS Sierra Works Better with iOS and Adds Siri
Apple says the next version of its desktop operating system, renamed MacOS, will work better with iPhones and iPads. Apple has made improvements to its Continuity feature so its is easier to pass stuff between iPhones and Macs.
Apple Updates GarageBand, Intros Music Memos for iOS
Apple today improved its selection of apps for music makers. First, it pushed out a significant update to GarageBand for iOS, which now includes Live Loops.