During the Apple Keynote on March 7 Apple announced new updates for many of its iOS applications. While, those updates were quite something it wasn’t the thing that was hyped as much as iPhoto. Apple spent a reasonable amount of time showing off the wonder on the new iPad. The 106 MB iOS 5.1 only application is available for the iPhone and iPad. iPhoto joins the ranks alongside iWork (Keynote, Pages, and Numbers), iMovie and Garageband which completes the iLife suite for iOS.
- Stephen Hackett at 512 Pixels points out that iPhoto for iOS isn’t using Google Maps. I’ve looked at Apple’s about information, and they relay no information regarding a third-party for their mapping software. In house solution?
- iPhoto for the iPhone isn’t incredibly fast (this might be a first run issue and caused by photos still being added to the library) and other possible bugs. There’s also a lot of loading pop-ups as images are edited and the library updates. Some people are also not huge fans of it crashing.
- Tools like sharpen are choppy, but are usable. Otherwise, the interface gives you a lot of options. Not quite Snapseed, but very learnable.
- You touch directly where you want to edit for most of the precision tools which is a thing that will take a bit to master. It isn’t quite a replacement for professional editing tools like Photoshop and iPhoto for Mac but is definitely a powerful tool on iOS and is headed in an amazing direction.
Update: Gruber at Daring Fireball is reporting that the maps data being used in iPhoto’s location feature is still provided by Google, but that the maps provided in iPhoto’s slideshow and journal sharing options are an Apple in-house solution. Assume something big is happening sometime in the future with mapping. Apple did purchase acquire two mapping companies recently so we shall what Apple plans on doing with them.
iPhoto for iOS Screenshots
iPhoto is a universal app that runs on iPad 2 or later and iPhone 4 or later.
With iPhoto for iOS, Apple brings Multi-Touch to photography in a breakthrough way. Browse, edit, and share your photos from your iPad or iPhone, like never before – all the powerful tools you need are at your fingertips. And with iCloud, you can share your experiences as stunning photo journals.
Use simple gestures to quickly sort through photos and find your best shots. A powerful set of Multi-Touch tools helps you perfect color and exposure, crop, straighten, and retouch images. Enhance pictures by adding beautiful, Apple-designed effects with just a tap. Or use fingertip brushes to apply adjustments exactly where you want them. In addition to posting photos to Facebook, Flickr, and Twitter, you can beam photos between your iPhone and iPad, stream photos and slideshows to your Apple TV with AirPlay, and use iCloud to publish photo journals to the web to share your stories with friends and family in a whole new way.
• Use simple gestures to quickly sort through dozens or even hundreds of photos
• Automatically find similar photos, so you can quickly make comparisons
• View multiple photos side-by-side to help you choose your best images
• Tap to mark any photo with a flag, select a favorite, or hide an image
• Resize and reposition scrollable thumbnail grid for optimal browsing in any orientation
• Simply touch and drag on the parts of the image you want to change
• Touch and drag on the image to adjust blue skies, greenery, and skin tones
• Drag the white balance loupe to make precise color corrections
• All image adjustments are completely non-destructive and can be modified at any time
• Straighten your pictures with a tap using automatic horizon detection
• Use your fingertip to paint photo adjustments right where you need them
• Turn on edge detection to help you apply adjustments with even more precision
• Lighten, darken, and change saturation or sharpness selectively
• Paint out spots and blemishes with a powerful Repair brush
• Brush away red-eye, or use the Soften brush to minimize wrinkles
• Enhance your photos with dozens of beautiful, Apple-designed effects
• Touch and drag to add drama to landscapes with a selection of graduated filters
• Create a perfectly toned black-and-white photo by simply dragging your finger
• Pinch and zoom a vignette or tilt-shift filter to focus on a key part of the photo
• Apply artistic effects to transform your photos into brilliant watercolors
• Share your stories in a whole new way as beautiful photo journals
• iPhoto automatically flows your pictures into a great-looking layout that’s fun to personalize
• Freely move and resize photos with a touch of your finger
• Touch and drag to add captions, maps, dates, and even the weather
• Publish your photo journals to iCloud as stunning web pages to share
Other great iPhoto features
• iPhoto is a universal app, optimized for both iPhone and iPad
• Create cinematic slideshows of your photos with a few taps
• Post directly to Facebook or Flickr and view friends’ comments on your photos
• Beam photos between your iPhone and iPad, including all non-destructive adjustments
• Use AirPlay to stream photos and slideshows to your HDTV over Wi-Fi with Apple TV
• Print your photos wirelessly on an AirPrint-enabled printer
Some features require an iCloud account and/or compatible internet access.
AirPrint requires an AirPrint-compatible wireless printer.
AirPlay is compatible with the second-generation Apple TV or later.
You can download the application from the iTunes store here.
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