Related link: http://www.apple.com/ilife
Tomorrow the updated versions of Apple’s iApps will be released. Officially branded as iLife, the suite is composed of iDVD 3, iMovie 3, iPhoto 2 and iTunes 3. While the last of these is currently available, the other three have been updated with a host of new features and given the “full number upgrade.” iDVD has been updated to include new themes; iPhoto has gained one-click picture enhancement and a cloning brush; and iMovie now comes with new effects, transitions, and chapters.
The real beauty of iLife, however, doesn’t come in the form of these new items, but instead comes from the tight integration between the components. Exporting your home movie from iMovie to iDVD is quick and simple. Want a still photo in your movie? Just add it from iPhoto with a few clicks. Need a soundtrack for your masterpiece? Choose from your iTunes library right in iMovie. The seamless communication between the components of iLife brings working with digital media to a whole new level of convenience.
The buzz before the Keynote was full of rumors of a $50 charge for the upgrades. Users were in an uproar at the prospect of having to pay for the newest versions. Even though Apple has charged for iApp updates in the past, Jobs decided to offer the iMovie and iPhoto updates for free. Acording to the rumor site Think Secret, this was a last minute decision after the negative feedback seen in the Mac community. I would guess that the majority of Mac users do not have SuperDrives, so they are not concerned with the iDVD update. They will want the iMovie and iPhoto updates the most. By deciding to give away the iMovie and iPhoto updates, Apple has lowered the potential income of the iLife suite considerably.
Personally, I have mixed feelings on this. I plan to buy iLife for the $50 regardless, because I want to support a company that I hope continues to stay in business. Plus it is easier to drive 15 minutes to the mall and buy it at my local Apple store than setting my Macs up to download the large iMovie and iPhoto updates. My only gripe is that iDVD doesn’t support external DVD burners, so I won’t be able to burn movies on my September-new PowerBook. Maybe Apple will start selling a self branded FW SuperDrive that comes bundled with iLife. More likely I’ll buy another PowerBook come Seybold :)
Do you plan to buy iLife?