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Wednesday, March 07, 2012, 05:46 pm PT (08:46 pm ET)

Apple updates GarageBand, iBooks Author, iPhoto for Mac and iWorks, iLife, Find, Remote apps for iOS

Apple has updated GarageBand and iPhoto for Mac to update compatibility with new iOS versions while adding new feature and fixing bugs. A variety of iOS apps have also been updated for the Retina Display of the new iPad.

GarageBand 6.0.5 adds compatibility for projects from its iOS counterpart, while fixing playback issues with Lesson previews and correcting issues with "some software instruments triggering incorrect or stuck notes."

iBooks Author 1.1 adds support for creating books that take advantage of the new iPad's Retina Display, while also adding performance and stability improvements.

iPhoto 9.2.2 now allows users to delete individual images from Photo Stream, "addresses compatibility with iCloud and iOS 5," and lets users navigate left and right with swipe gestures while in Magnify mode.

The new update also now displays previously imported photos in a separate section of the import window, enhances theme and card categories for books and calendars, fixes printing issues with some book pages, and saves slideshows and books properly when rebuilding a library.



Apple also updated a wide variety of its iOS apps, primarily to add Retina Display support for the new iPad, but also adding a variety of minor features and bug and performance fixes.



iBooks 2.1 adds finger highlighting and page numbering to match printed books along with performance tweaks. iTunes U 1.1 similarly adds Retina Display support and speed fixes.

Pages, Keynote and Numbers 1.6 add animated 3D charting, presentation builds and transitions and performance enhancements

iMovie 1.3 adds support for GarageBand song import, music and sound effect previews in the Audio Browser and support for creating Trailers on iPhone 4 or iPad 2 or newer devices

GarageBand 1.2 adds iCloud support, Track Merge, orchestral Smart Strings and a Note Editor for fine tuning a touch instrument recording. iPad users can connect over WiFi or Bluetooth to make music together using the new Jam Session. Songs can be shared to FaceBook, SoundCloud and YouTube.

Find My Friends 1.1 and Find My iPhone 1.4 both add bug fixes, stability enhancements and Retina Display support. Remote 2.3 adds iTunes Match support for the new Apple TV software along with Retina Display support.