It’s been a while since iLife’s iPhoto, iMovie, and GarageBand have seen updates. It’s been even longer for the iWork trilogy of Pages, Numbers, and Keynote. Today, both suites are given full upgrades for not only the Mac, but for iOS as well to keep both OSes on feature parity.
iLife’s trio of apps are now fully designed for 64-bit on both operating systems. They’ve also been designed to use more of the multi-touch gestures found on both the iOS touchscreen and the multi-touch trackpad on Macs. The iOS versions are brought up to date with iOS 7, and with the 64-bit A7s in the iPhone 5S, iPad Mini, and iPad Air, they gain a lot of features you’d find in the Mac. For instance, iMovie gets split screen and picture in picture capabilities while GarageBand now will give you full 32-track recording on your iDevice. Mac versions are updated for Mavericks and better iCloud capabilities and the GarageBand has been updated with smart controls and drummer features right from Logic Pro X. New shared file formats make it almost effortless to create projects in iOS and move to the Mac or vice versa.
The new iPhoto, iMovie, and GarageBand for both Mac and iOS are free for existing users or anyone buying a new Mac or iOS device. For those who don’t yet have them, they’re $14.99 per app on the Mac and $4.99 on iOS
The 2013 edition of the iWork suite of Pages, Numbers, and Keynote might be the thing that gets me to start using iCloud. After years of asking, they finally add collaboration features across documents. Not only can you now work on a document across your MacBook, iPhone, and your work PC using iWork for iCloud, you can invite your coworkers as well. This takes an easy to use, but very isolated suite and makes it useful. Apple also has rethought the relatively poor compatibility with MS Office files that has plagued iWork since its launch.
Like with iLife, if you already have one of the iWork Apps or buy a new device, its a free update. Otherwise, the Apps are $19.99 a piece for Mac and $9.99 for iOS.
The Unification of iLife and iWork across the Mac and iOS has been a step years in the making. It should have happened years ago. The information Apple gave out is a little light, so I’m really looking forward to getting by hands on them and giving them a try. 2013 might be the year I get back into the iApps.