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iLife ’11: Coming to All Your Apple Devices?

A leak just ahead of Apple’s (s aapl) September music event had people thinking that the next version of iLife might appear there. It didn’t, but a new leak adds to the mounting evidence that it’s just around the corner. Amazon’s (s amzn) German site has a listing for a book about the suite, which of course has yet to hit retail shelves itself.

The listing reports some info about iLife ’11 that would suggest its author has insider information about the technical specs of the suite. In the summary, iLife ’11 is described as being composed of 64-bit applications, with improved social networking integration for iPhoto and a completely rewritten iWeb. It also claims that iDVD is gone, replaced by another, mysterious application. Maybe Apple’s finally come up with a way to let consumers create and install their own basic iPhone apps?

A red band on the image of the books cover  translates roughly into “iPhoto, iMovie and more with apps for Mac, iPhone 4, iPod and iPad.” Does that mean we’ll finally see a full iLife release on iOS? I’m okay with the current iMovie release, but I’d love to see a pocket Garage Band, and the Photos app just isn’t on par with iPhoto. Give me basic image tweaking tools, for instance. A scaled-down iWeb would also be a welcome addition for those who maintain a site on MobileMe.

Books from the same publisher also appeared purporting to deal specifically with iMovie and iPhoto ’11. Take this all with a grain of salt, however, because some of the details on those products make specific mention of iDVD, apparently contradicting the summary of the first, in which iDVD’s demise is mentioned.

It’s possible these are just placeholders, and that real versions will be written immediately upon iLife’s release, but all of the products do announce an anticipated release date of November 2010. Apple has updated its MacBook line in either October or November for the past four years, so it’s not unlikely that they’d ship a new iLife just in time for the holidays, too, alongside new notebooks.

Would you like to see iLife on the iPhone/iPad, or is it just overkill for a mobile platform?

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7 Responses to “iLife ’11: Coming to All Your Apple Devices?”

  1. Aquaman_Tom

    iLife on an iDevice, specifically the iPad, would be killer. That might be something that comes along side the 4.2 release. Think about it, Apple’s pic for the iPad keynote supposedly was about creating. It’s possible we’ll see iOS version’s of iLife apps much like iMovie on the iPhone is now. The iPad just needs a speed bump in the Ram department, and if Apple does do an update to the MacBook’s next month, iLife will surely follow because Office for Mac will have just came out. The whole user basic apps thing is extremely unlikely to happen anytime time soon, but Wi-Fi sync might happen thought.

  2. I agree with billy adams – I would love to see iPhoto on iPhone. I’d also love to see garageband. And the idea of putting your own apps onto the iPhone is brilliant – but sguy is right – I can’t see it happening really…

  3. Renaldo

    The books are coming from a small German publisher, and the author is an independent, free lance writer. There’s no way Apple revealed detailed info about a new iLife to these folks, sorry. This is more an open-ended, generic announcement of an upcoming iLife book by the publisher, without knowledge of what the updated software includes.

  4. “Maybe Apple’s finally come up with a way to let consumers create and install their own basic iPhone apps” umm what? The possibility of that happening is slim, very slim, I mean super slim.