iLife and iWork: Better, But More Importantly Free

By Adam Clark Estes on at

Along with the flurry of hardware updates, Apple announced substantial upgrades to iLife and iWork. Features run the gamut from seamless integration with iOS to powerful automation tricks like a robotic drummer. And like OS X Mavericks, everything is available immediately.

See everything Apple announced at the October event here

The upgrades to iLife start with iPhoto and iMovie. It's now easier to make and order photo books with iPhoto for iPad. For iMovie, it's easier to make pro-quality movies both on iOS devices and OS X machines thanks to a new user interface that puts your movie, clips and trailers all on the same screen. New iCloud integration makes working on movie projects seamless across all devices.

Garage Band gets a little bit more magic. The program now supports 32 different tracks, even on iOS devices, and you can purchase new instruments and effects from inside the app. Apple brought out a guy named Zander to demo a new feature called Drummer. Just like the synonymous feature in Logic Pro X, Drummer provides smart, adaptable drum tracks to any Garage Band song. The demo used a robo-drummer named Kyle. He sounded pretty good!