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Apple updates iMovie, GarageBand, iWork, and Clips as new devices launch

Apple updates iMovie, GarageBand, iWork, and Clips as new devices launch

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Now that Apple’s full fall hardware lineup is officially available, the company has announced a slew of updates for its video creation and productivity apps.

First, a new iMovie update will let users connect an external display to an iPad or iPhone, which allows screen mirroring or creating a full-screen preview of what you’re editing. (Full-screen previews require an iPhone 7 or newer, sixth-generation iPad or newer, or a 2017 iPad Pro or newer.) In addition, there’s also support for uncompressed 4K video output on the third-generation 11-inch iPad Pro and 12.9-inch iPad Pro. For iMovie on desktop, there’s now a new export option called “Prepare for Facebook.” This will export a Facebook-compatible video file that you can then manually upload to Facebook without issue.

Clips, Apple’s app for making videos using an iPhone or iPad, has added six new Selfie Scenes — 360-degree backgrounds — as well as filters, stickers, and 17 additional soundtracks that will automatically match the length of your video. These new Selfie Scenes will likely only work on newer iPhones as they use the iPhone X’s TrueDepth camera sensors to create augmented landscapes for your selfies.

Other apps have been updated as well: iWork’s Pages now includes the ability to publish your books directly to Apple Books for download or purchase, and GarageBand now supports keyboard commands when using a smart or Bluetooth keyboard. You can also use the Wah stompbox pedal as well as Face Control with the Smart Guitar tool.

Clips, iWork, iMovie, and GarageBand are free and can be downloaded from the App Store and Mac App Store.