This is big: OS X Lion Update is App Store only

The next version of OS X will also be sold only through the Mac App Store. This is yet another step away from traditional media distribution as Apple will effectively be cutting out other means of software distribution like Amazon.

Pro vs. Consumer: How iLife ’11 Blurs the Lines

As a musician, I’ll never forget seeing Logic for the first time and thinking, “Here we go baby!” Back then, GarageBand paled in comparison, so any semi-pro audio-technician would only use it for quick work. But iLife ’11 is blurring the line between the two programs.

iWork for iPhone and iLife for iPad?

With the rumored but still unexpected announcement of iMovie for iPhone 4, it begs the question of what else could be in store for Apple’s iDevices. Could we see iMovie or other iLife apps arrive for the iPad or see iWork show up for iPhone 4?

TechUniversity Freebie: Creating Chiptunes with GarageBand

Take yourself back to a simpler time when video games had fewer colors and their soundtracks were made up of bleeps and bloops! We’ll show you how to create an 8-bit video game sound (called a “chiptune”) out of any midi track using GarageBand.

How-To: Build Your First Site in iWeb

In this iWeb video tutorial you’ll learn how to import content, create links, embed a video and publish your website.

If you’re planning to build your own site, Apple’s iWeb is an easy way for you to get into web-design and launch your first online project. With a little practice, you can be the webmaster of your own domain in no time.

This tutorial is all about getting you comfortable with iWeb. To show you how easy it is to create professional looking sites, I created the site for my new iPhone game using iWeb:

Rather than use a pre-set template, we’re going to dive right in and recreate the Cosmo Kid website. Before you start the tutorial, make sure to download the Cosmo Kid Content Pack (ZIP, 274 KB), it’s got all the parts you’ll need to build the site.

Check out the video after the jump, or view the full-size, full-resolution video here (MOV, 135MB). Read More about How-To: Build Your First Site in iWeb

Adapting iLife for a Tablet

One of the interesting rumors that has come up after the official announcement of Apple’s event on the 27th is that a new version of iLife will also be announced there. Whether or not this rumor is accurate is less interesting than what an Apple tablet might mean for iLife.

As we all know iLife has been a key selling point for the Mac lineup ever since the first version was announced at Macworld in 2003. In many ways it epitomizes the difference between Macs and the competition, as iLife gives any Mac user easy to use and well-integrated tools to explore their creativity on a computer.

Whether iLife, or some version of it, will make it to an Apple tablet is a matter of debate, it depends on whether you think the tablet will be a complete computing platform or just a content-consumption device a la the iPhone. I tend to agree with John Gruber that what Apple is aiming for with the tablet is redefining the computing experience, that is replacing entry-level computers rather than complementing them. That leads me to believe that Apple will try to reproduce at least some of iLife on its tablet device, even if it’s just a matter of consistency in branding.

So what would that look like? Let’s look at each application in turn and consider what might be left in and what would be taken out. Read More about Adapting iLife for a Tablet

Today in Connected Consumer

Well, here we go. Apple has sent out typically cryptic media invitations to its event on Jan. 27th in San Francisco and a report by Fox News report claims to have confirmed that it will focus on three products: the long-anticipated tablet, iPhone 4 and a new round of iLife software. The Wall Street Journal reports this morning that HarperCollins is in advanced talks with Apple about bringing “enhanced” e-books to the tablet, so I guess that means there really will be a tablet.

Predicting 2010: iLife, iWork & iTunes

With 2010 around the corner, Apple is poised to begin a new year that should yield lots of great advancements in its consumer software arena. Here’s our predictions for what could be in store for the latest versions of iLife, iWork and iTunes. (These predictions are not substantiated by rumors or other “inside evidence” and are purely speculation based lots of experience with these applications and their histories.)

iLife X

Probability: Guaranteed
When the last version of iLife launched, it adopted the moniker “iLife ’09.” Recently however, Apple has modified most of its website to drop the date from the title. Now simply called “iLife,” I wonder if Apple will be quick to release a new “yearly” iteration at the outset of 2010.

Based on previous versions, the next iteration of iLife will require Mac OS X 10.6. By requiring Snow Leopard, this does make iLife an Intel-only release. Though some users will be left behind, significant performance gains should be recognized by taking advantage of 64-bit technology included in Snow Leopard.

Within the apps themselves, I believe we’ll continue to see significant updates. Here’s the roundup. Read More about Predicting 2010: iLife, iWork & iTunes

Quick Tip: Adding Photo Albums to Any Page in iWeb

iWebHaving finally gotten around to upgrading to iWeb ’09, I’ve found the best new feature to be an old trick that stopped working in iWeb ’08. It’s a simple method for inserting photo albums onto other pages, like blogs — and for iWeb ’09 users it’s a hidden feature that shouldn’t be missed.

The greatest strength of iWeb, its ease of use, is also its greatest weakness. Through themes and templates, iWeb rigidly controls the fundamental design of web pages. While you can create custom pages with the use of HTML, iWeb offers templates for essentially two types of web pages: photos and blogs.

Creating a photo page in iWeb is as easy as dragging an iPhoto album from the Media Browser. Creating blog entries is also easy; just start typing over the placeholder text in a new entry template. Adding individual photos to a blog entry is drag-and-drop simple as well, but drag an album into a blog entry and iWeb will only create a separate photo page. What iWeb doesn’t tell you is that’s the first step to adding a photo album to any page in iWeb. Read More about Quick Tip: Adding Photo Albums to Any Page in iWeb