iPhoto Released for iOS (TechKon Exclusive)


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.


  1. 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?
  2. 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.
  3. Tools like sharpen are choppy, but are usable. Otherwise, the interface gives you a lot of options. Not quite Snapseed, but very learnable.
  4. 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 Description

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.

Smart Browsing
• 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

Multi-Touch editing
• 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

Professional-quality effects
• 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

Photo Journals
• 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.

Feel free to drop a line in the comments section below voicing your opinion on iPhoto for iOS.


GarageBand version 1.2 hits ITunes store!

That’s right folks, Apple brought us quite a few treats today including an update to Garageband!
What’s New in Version 1.2
• Start a Jam Session to play or record live with up to three of your friends using iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch*
• Conduct an entire string orchestra using Smart Strings
• Use the Note Editor to adjust or fine-tune any Touch Instrument recording
These are some of the new features that are included in the update! I am most excited for the ability to record music with other people! A new and creative way to collaborate wherever you are! So go and check it out on iTunes! Here is the link.
Source: [Apple]

iOS 5.0.2 to Fix Additional Battery Issues Along-side Other Things

Apple has been getting flooded with people complaining that their iPhone’s batteries are dying too quickly. While Apple has been a little slow in responding, German site Macerkopf reports,

“iOS 5.0.2 coming very soon, solving the battery bugs. Should arrive before the end of next week. Apple is working hard on the update. In addition Apple ist working on the first big iOS 5 Update (iOS 5.1), bringing some siri-extensions. Also the Siri hardware-control is in work “take a picture”, “make a video”, “switch on/off WiFi”, “switch on/off BT” and more.

If these reports are true we can assume that iOS 5.0.2 is being created to fix the continued battery problems that have been plaguing iPhones since there initial release.  If this does come around the rumored time of next week, it would be a quick update coming only a week and a half after iOS 5.0.1. Since we haven’t seen Apple seed this update to developers we would be quite surprised if they did it in this manner. Apple only tested 1OS 5.0.1 for a week before the pushed it to servers for the general public.

Future updates that the source also points to would include improvements to Siri’s efficiency and additional integration.  These updates are supposedly hitting as close to as the beginning of next year. In Apple’s FAQ for Siri it states that additional language and expansion of maps and local search will also be included in the update. Which update that is going to be is still debatable but don’t be expecting it much earlier than New Years.  Extra capabilities that are being looked at by Apple for Siri include some fascinating features such as commands for tasks like taking video and photos, turning on toggles such as WI-Fi or Bluetooth.

The source Macerkopf  has been an infrequent source of rumors so it should be taken with a grain of salt.  We hope that these wishes do become a reality and will keep you updated on what happens. Where do you think Siri’s future lies? Tell us in the comment section below!

Sources: {Google Translate}{Macerkopf}{macrumors}

Jailbreakme.com 3.0 by Comex

It has been released! Jailbreakme 3.0 was the most anticipated Jailbreakme release and was released around 11:20(PT) last night. Within the first twelve hours the site was hit 500,000 times and downloaded around 50,000 times. There is a security patch that needs to be installed via cydia but is otherwise the easiest jailbreak of all time. Installous was hit hard within the first hours after jailbreakme’s release and the servers were close to calling it quiets. There are doing better now but are still at times a little unresponsive. So there is a quick little update on Jailbreakme’s awaited release!

iOS 5 beta 2:Even Better

So iOS 5 beta 2 was released about a week ago. The 2nd beta release helped fix some security flaws and stabilized some internal things. The GUI was fixed a little bit but didn’t need quite as much work. The developers are loving some of the new features in iOS 5 and thinking that there probably won’t be a ton more beta versions. Hopefully we get an early fall release so us(users) will be able to see the full impact of the new OS!
If you have an additions you would like to add send me a tweet. @immercify

How easy it is to Jailbreak iOS 5 Beta?

The jailbreak community is pretty happy about this! Apparently the new notifications are going to be amazing. Apples first release of iOS 5 beta is said to be pretty stable. iOS 5 was jailbroken within 20 hours of the beta release. It was first jailbroken with L1mera1n and within the next several days it was re-jailbroken by RedSn0w, both of these jailbreaks are tether(every time you reboot you have to jailbreak.) which is only temporary because this is only the first beta by Apple. Hopefully, the next beta means we can have a jailbreak that is untethered but is unknown as of yet.  RedSn0ws jailbreak enables more things that are typically allowed in a normal jailbreak. Redsn0w is in addition to the L1mera1n and they need to be done together. This jailbreak is good news for when the official iOS 5 is released. It shows that the devs. are already hard at work and won’t be stopped by Apple. I have not yet tried this but have seen it done successfully. This Jailbreak is only for Devs. I don’t recommend this to an  *average* user, even one experienced in Jailbreaking.

External sources.’

*Dev-Team Blog

*RedSn0w Jailbreak