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Tuesday, September 03, 2013, 02:10 pm PT (05:10 pm ET)

Apple fixes iLife for iOS apps' compatibility issues ahead of iOS 7 launch

Apple has pushed out an update for its iLife line of iOS apps to address compatibility and stability issues just a week before the company is expected to unveil the newest version of iOS.



Tuesday's update brings iMovie to version 1.4.2, GarageBand to version 1.4.1, and iPhoto to version 1.1.1. None of the descriptions for the updates go into much detail on their features beyond saying that the update "addresses compatibility issues," though the GarageBand update says it "addresses minor issues related to general performance and stability."

The updates may be tied to Apple's recently confirmed media event scheduled for September 10. Industry watchers generally expect that Apple will reveal two new versions of the iPhone — one a higher-end model, the other a polycarbonate-backed lower-end model — and a final version of iOS 7.

The new version of iOS will sport a new design that does away with the skeuomorphic aesthetic seen throughout earlier versions of the operating system. Tuesday's update could be aimed at ensuring full compatibility when iOS 7 rolls out.

All three updates are available in the App Store currently. iMovie is a 497MB download available for $5. GarageBand is a 584MB download that costs $5. iPhoto, too, costs $5 and weighs in at 151MB.

GarageBand requires an iPhone, iPod, or iPad running iOS 5.1 or higher, while iMovie requires iOS 6.0 or higher. iPhoto requires an iOS device running iOS 6.0 or higher.