updated 12:30 am EST, Mon January 26, 2009
Apple ships iLife
Apple has begun shipping orders for iLife '09, falling in line with the initial estimate of late-January, according to MacRumors. iPhoto now integrates facial-recognition technology, allowing the images to be automatically sorted or searched by the name of individuals. Geotagging support can be used to filter photos by location, while albums can be generated around particular people and single locations or vacations that pass through different areas.
iMovie '09 offers an enhanced timeline view that displays both audio and video tracks. Users can also create animated travel maps or include dynamic themes, while a video stabilization feature automatically reduces the apparent camera shake.
GarageBand features a new Learn to Play function that provides lessons for guitar or keyboards. Instructor views are provide alongside a display of the instrument, while some lessons include instructions from celebrity artists such as John Fogerty, Norah Jones and Sarah McLachlan.
iLife '09 is included with all new Mac purchases. Customers can purchase the software suite for $80 as a single-user upgrade or $100 in a five-computer family pack.