8 March 2012

iPhoto for iPad/iPhone available & other updates

Coinciding with the announcement of the new iPad, Apple also released iPhoto for the iPad/iPhone. The other components of the iLife suite (iMovie and GarageBand) as well as the complete iWork Suite (Keynote, Pages, Numbers) have been updated as well and have been adapted to take advantage of the new high resolution screen and 1080p full HD video capabilities of the new iPad.

With iPhoto for iOS, Apple brings its popular iPhoto photo editing and browsing tool to the iPad/iPhone. The new app takes full advantage of the intuitive Multi-Touch gestures on iPad and iPhone as well as the high resolution of the new Retina displays.

Using simple gestures you can select and compare images. Editing capabilities include auto-enhancements such as straightening photos and fixing exposure, contrast, and colour. Editing tools such as red-eye removal, lighten, sharpen, soften, and darken are also present; simply use your fingertips as brush to paint in the effects. iPhoto can handle images up to 19 megapixels.

Posting photos to Facebook, Flickr, and Twitter is easy and you can also send photos between your iPhone and iPad, stream photos and slideshows to an Apple TV with AirPlay, and use iCloud to publish photo journals to the web to share them with friends and family in a whole new way.

Photo, iMovie 1.3 and GarageBand 1.2 are available for only $4.99/€3.99 each in the iTunes App Store. Keynote 1.6, Pages 1.6 and Numbers 1.6 are slightly more expensive, but still cost only $9.99/€7.99 each in the iTunes App Store. (Updates are free to existing customers)


  1. Interesting... but not for me (now).Image processing still goes best on a "real" computer, although this app may be uasefull for those who travel for a long time.

    I like the combination of a tablet, photography and travelling. Especially because a tablet brings the ability to select and judge the photo's on the same day.

    One evening during travel I discovered -by displaying the photo's on my tablet- that I underestimated the movements generated by the large boat on which I travelled; for the other day I took shorter exposure times and had much better pictures.

    I have chosen an ASUS tablet because it accepts micro SD cards directly (on an iPad you need an adapter). In the Android shop there are nowadays plenty of apps with which you can read RAW files. My favorite is NEF thumbnailer. RAWdroid was also good, but does not (yet) work on the newest Android 4.0.

    Kodak Gallery is another nice android app for travelling photographers, because it prints your JPG on a postcard en delivers it in 2 days at many address in the world.

    Hayo, thanks for your interesting blog.

    Best wishes, Herman Leenders

    1. Hi Herman, thank you very much for your comments.

      iPhoto (nor Photoshop Touch) for the tablet is (of course) not meant for “serious” image processing. It does however (as you mention too) provide a couple of tools that can be useful to do some quick editing/comparison in the field.

      I personally do not yet own an iPad/Android tablet as I didn't think “they were good enough.” I do love my iPod touch though and I am now sorely tempted to go for the new iPad (it finally has a useful resolution)…

      The Android OS is really good, and there are some really good phones and tablets available for it, as well as excellent applications (this is of course true for both platforms). Perhaps it's like the Nikon versus Canon debate. Both produce excellent cameras with comparable quality/results/features. Sure there are minor differences, but in the end it basically comes down to personal preference as to which of the two you choose.


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