Review: iPhoto for iOS

The photo editing software originally created for Apple’s desktop operating system, OS X, is now available for iOS devices as well. iPhoto for iOS has been completely re-imagined for the “post-PC era”. This new application was released alongside updates for iMovie and GarageBand. Both these apps also offer an easy to use interface and phenomenal functionality made to take full advantage of your Retina displays. iPhoto for iOS offers an easy way to view, edit, and share photos in various ways.

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This app allows you both simple and pre-packaged changes for your photos as well as some advance abilities where you decide how each pixel should look like. Apple has designed effects to easily allow users to make one-shot changes to your photos. Another nice option is the fingertip brushes. The fingertip brushes allow you to take parts of your photo you want to change and changing them at will. Your photos, tags, and other elements like location are collected into one tool kit, which you can use to make a journal.

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The application is available for $4.99 via the iTunes App Store and requires that you have an iPhone 4 or later or iPad 2 or later. Also, the app requires your devices to run iOS 5.1. At $4.99, you can’t go wrong and this app is definitely worth a purchase. In fact, the app just hit a million users today.

iPhoto for iOS Hits 1 Million Users

During the new iPad keynote, Apple introduced iPhoto for iOS. iPhoto for iOS is a new application for iOS that allows users to quickly edit their photographs in an easy to use way.

Today, Apple has revealed (via LoopInsight) that the recently released iPhoto for iOS has sold a million copies from the App Store in just 10 days. According to the report, there are now a million users of iPhoto for iPad and iPhone. This number applies to users and not downloads, meaning that the company sold a million copies of the software.

Apple told me today that its newest iOS app, iPhoto, hit 1 million users in less than 10 days after its release. It’s important to note that figure is users, not downloads. It’s quite possible that one user downloaded the app multiple times, but Apple isn’t counting those, only the unique users.

In fact, in just two weeks, at $5 a copy, Apple made $5 million from the app in the first 10 days of availability. The new version of iPhoto takes advantage of the multi-touch capabilities of the iPad and iPhone. The app also supports sizes up to 19 megapixels. Currently, iPhoto is the second most popular paid application in the iPad App Store. In the iPhone App Store, iPhoto is currently the 18th best selling paid application.

 

Apple Using OpenStreetMaps in iPhoto Without Due Credit

OpenStreetMaps has been in news more than once over the last few days. The de-facto name in location-based services, Foursquare switched from Google Maps to MapBox (an implementation of OpenStreetMaps) a week ago. In January this year, StreetEasy switched to OpenStreetMaps after some dissatisfaction with Google Maps and their pricing. However, these were not the only ones opting for OpenStreetMaps. OpenStreetMaps was adopted by many other services for its excellent worldwide maps. Nonetheless, all of them made this transition enthusiastically and openly.

Recently, another major tech giant started using OpenStreetMaps for one of its products. However, their adoption was hushed, with no mention or credit given to OpenStreetMaps. This has upset OpenStreetMaps slightly, and they have written a sarcastic piece saying, “don’t mention it” in essence, which Apple did literally anyway.

OpenStreetMaps writes on its blog, saying,

The desktop version of iPhoto, and indeed all of Apple’s iOS apps until now, use Google Maps. The new iPhoto for iOS, however, uses Apple’s own map tiles – made from OpenStreetMaps data (outside the US).

The OSM data that Apple is using is rather old (start of April 2010) so don’t expect to see your latest and greatest updates on there. It’s also missing the necessary credit to OpenStreetMap’s contributors; we look forward to working with Apple to get that on there.

On one hand, where it is good to see that more and more products are using OpenStreetMaps, it is demeaning at the same time because Apple intends to use OpenStreetMaps only as long as they are in transition from Google Maps to their own mapping service.

iPhoto for iOS, Updates for iMovie and Garageband Now Available on App Store

With the introduction of the new iPad, Apple also introduced iPhoto for iOS, which will be available from today itself. iPhoto for iOS offers a wide choice of photo editing and comparison features, including auto-enhancements such as straightening photos and fixing contrast. Brush palettes offer a number of editing tools including red-eye removal, lighten, sharpen, soften, and darken. iPhoto can handle images up to 19 megapixels.

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.

The company has kept its promise, and now iPhoto is available for purchase.  The app costs $4.99 and is available via the App Store for purchase. [Direct Link] In addition, iMovie and GarageBand have also been updated, and are a free upgrade for current owners.