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January 6, 2009

Your photo library just got smarter

Posted: 04:23 PM ET

Apple just unveiled its latest round of toys today before an excited crowd at the Macworld Conference & Expo -  personally, I think the update with the biggest "cool" factor is the new iPhoto.

The photo library app is introducing face-recognition software called "Faces." Once you identify your friends and family, iPhoto will be able to sort the rest of your photos according to who is in them.

In addition to Faces, "Places" will sort your photos according to where they were taken. This will be particularly handy for users with an iPhone 3G - which adds geographical data to your photos using the integrated GPS. Some new cameras also have the ability to "geo-tag" photos, which can then be used to sort pictures in iPhoto.

Don't have a fancy camera with geo-tagging abilities? That's fine - iPhoto uses Google Maps, allowing users to tag old photos with location data.

iMovie also got an update - a big one. "We decided to completely rewrite iMovie and come up with a whole new version," Apple Vice President Philip Schiller said Tuesday during the keynote.

The new features will focus on ease of use, with enhanced audio editing features, smoother transitions and new video stabilization.

iPhoto and iMovie will be included in the new iLife '09 - set to ship later this month.

Of course, it wasn't just iLife '09 - a new iWork, a new MacBook Pro, and a new iTunes price structure were all announced.

What new Apple product are you excited about? Was there something you wanted to see, but didn't? Sound off in the comments.

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Andrew Schmitz   January 6th, 2009 5:36 pm ET

Zzzzzzzzz. Perhaps someone at Mac will explain why they eliminated the 23/24" (middle size) displays for Mac Pro Towers. The new Cinema display is not compatible with the tower. There has been no replacement for the old display. This seems like a HUGE marketing mistake that absolutely NO ONE is talking about. What is Mac thinking with this????


brendon   January 6th, 2009 5:46 pm ET

you forgot to mention that you can use your ipod touch / iphone as a remote for presentations in iLife...

the changes are okay, but they don't seem too radical this time.
like the voice recognition software, i bet the facial recognition software will be primitive and will still need some development.

I'd like them to open up the App store a little more and allow in more foreign developers and work with existing gaming companies!


Chad   January 6th, 2009 6:38 pm ET

Faces and Places looks pretty sweet. It'll be intresting to see how well Faces is able to identify people in various lighting conditions and poses.

I am disappointed that the iMac didn't get a refresh though. That current makeup of it is getting a bit long in the tooth.


Franko   January 6th, 2009 7:39 pm ET

Obama, an Apple with extended features user,, will be able to do all kinds of magical things. Catch Osama, Prevent the coming Ice Age, command banks to lend to the insolvent, unemployed, donkeys. Salvation, thanks to the worm processing Eve's apple, here we come.


Royce   January 6th, 2009 8:10 pm ET

When will OX 10.6, Snow Leopard, be released?


Pustoolio   January 6th, 2009 9:07 pm ET

@ Andrew – "What is Mac thinking?" ... um I think you mean to say "What is Apple thinking." Mac is the product, not the company.

@ Franko – You mean magical things like hiring competent people and letting the justice department actually do their jobs? Let's hope so!

As for the article, I am most interested in the new features in iMovie. I was looking forward to the new MacMini.


ed   January 6th, 2009 9:38 pm ET

Disappointingly, there is no bluray support in sight with Apple nor a HDMI support. Where are the new i7 processors?
I bought Apple computers for years and have about every gadget they sell, but this is the first time I consider buying a Windows computer with an i7 processor and HDMI / bluray support. And, the first time that Apple does not have what I want.


Matt   January 7th, 2009 1:12 am ET

I was excited to see the macworld as usual I loved the ilife stuff. I am really glad they released a macbook pro 17inch, I have a hard time letting the screen size go so I will upgrade to that.

Way to go Apple!

Also Ed, HDMI and DVI are the same thing... well video signal wise I mean, there is no audio in DVI, BUT dvi to hdmi converters are CHEAP! I buy from monoprice.com. Just FYI. Although i am sad about no blu ray...

I was sad not to see Jobs there but Phil did a great job, I think he held his own! It was nice to see him take control and not be on the goofy side of Steve's jokes.

– Matt


john   January 7th, 2009 8:08 am ET

1. I'm waiting to buy an updated iMac. I hope it will have blue ray and have photo cards slots.

2. It'd be great if my iphone apps would work on my MacBook and sync like my music does.


Skippy   January 7th, 2009 9:28 am ET

"What new Apple product are you excited about? Was there something you wanted to see, but didn’t?"

How about something new that doesen't have an 'i' in front of it?


Paul   January 7th, 2009 2:48 pm ET

As an educator and an avid tablet PC user, I've been anxiously awaiting for Apple to release their version of a tablet PC. The use of digital ink in education is revolutionizing teaching and learning. Surely with their "touch" technology, Apple could do it better than Windows. There have been rumors of a forthcoming Apple tablet for years, and I was truly hoping this would be the year they release one...


Fred   January 7th, 2009 3:42 pm ET

I am surprised that the battery life (for many people a lifetime battery) isn't getting more attention. I think it's the best thing out of MacWorld. Imagine the battery improvements in other Apple items down the road.


Jared   January 7th, 2009 4:00 pm ET

To clarify, Schiller's quote, “We decided to completely rewrite iMovie and come up with a whole new version”, refers to the introduction of iMovie '08 when compared to the former release, iMovie HD. iMovie '09 adds new features which build upon the new approach to movie making introduced with iMovie '08.


Jeff Weindling   January 7th, 2009 4:30 pm ET

Where are the new "Big Gun" Apple Computers?... Not the iMacs, but the powerhouse desktops?


brendon   January 7th, 2009 9:05 pm ET

i'm sorry but the original leopard version of iMovie was total CRAPOLA

i redownloaded the original version from Tiger but i mean.... i just use it for basic conversions and imports

FINAL CUT PRO ALL THE WAY


Paul   January 8th, 2009 9:23 am ET

I hope that the new iMovie and iTunes DRM changes will allow me to place music I bought from iTunes into iMovie. I used to be able to do that but now it won't let me. Since I am not a musician, I don't know any way to put a soundtrack behind an iMovie anymore. (these are not commercial movies, I just use them for friends, etc.)


Mark Galvan   January 8th, 2009 11:12 am ET

What about a MMS capability for the iPhone. Com'n Steve, it's about time. What's the rational for NOT doing this? Is this in someway not feasible due to technological challenges?


Banker   January 8th, 2009 11:14 am ET

To Paul: How are you using the Tablet PC. My company was an early tester of the PC but could not really figure out a way to justify the expense. At a personal level I thought there could be a lot that could be done but I did not have the cash to spend on it. Could you share some your ideas?


Franko   January 8th, 2009 9:13 pm ET

Fred - "I am surprised that the battery life (for many people a lifetime battery) isn’t getting more attention"

Wait to purchase your next laptop? UltraCapacitors soon will obsolete current batteries. https://www.grc.com/securitynow.htm


Ava Davis   May 12th, 2010 9:09 am ET

I love photo cards, they are more special than those ordinary greeting cards that is just full of text.";


Kyle Bailey   October 5th, 2010 7:34 am ET

photocards are cool and i buy lots of them`'"


Amp Accessories    October 20th, 2010 3:39 pm ET

photocards are nice specially if they are custom built`'*


Pinay Love Advice ·   November 9th, 2010 5:50 pm ET

i have a collection of photocards at home that i also share with my bestfriend, they are quite nice *


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icons archive   October 9th, 2012 2:31 pm ET

I am am excited too with this question. You will not prompt to me, where I can read about it?


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