Apple releases iPhoto for iOS and updates iMovie, GarageBand and iWork apps

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The biggest surprise of Apple’s keynote was the release of iPhoto for iOS. The app completes Apple’s suite of iLife apps for iOS and it was the only thing from today’s event that wasn’t rumored to happen. The iPhoto app is a more advanced photo app for editing photos on the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.

Key features:

  • Side-by-side image comparisons
  • Multi-touch editing
  • One-tap effects filters
  • Eight different touch-up brushes
  • Public photo sharing via Albums hosted in iCloud
  • AirPlay streaming
  • Transfer images directly to other iOS devices running iPhoto

The iPhoto app will be available today at the App Store for $4.99.

Updated Apps
GarageBand also gets an update that includes Smart Strings, a new touch instrument that allows you to play an entire string orchestra with just one finger, and a new Note Editor allows you to fine tune a Touch Instrument. The updated version GarageBand allows you invite up to three of your friends to get together and wirelessly connect your iOS devices to play and record as a group. The tracks are automatically collected on your iOS device for you to edit and mix. You can then send the songs to Facebook, YouTube and SoundCloud.

iMovie is updated to include Hollywood-style trailers, new templates and theatre view previews.

Apple’s iWork suite for iOS also gets some minor improvements. Pages now supports landscape orientation. Numbers includes some new fancy 3D charts and Keynote gets some new slides and transitions.