iMovie for iOS update delivers iPhone X, Metal graphics support

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Apple on Thursday issued an update for the iOS version of iMovie, bringing with it support for the Super Retina display on iPhone X, compatibility with Metal graphics processing, bug fixes and more.

The latest iteration of">iMovie for iOS, version 2.2.5, is one of the last first-party Apple apps to receive the iPhone X treatment.

With today's update, users can take full advantage of the flagship's 5.8-inch OLED display to view, edit and share videos. Prior to the change, iPhone X owners were forced to deal with black bars on either side of iMovie's app window as it did not support the phone's unusual aspect ratio.

Though iPhone X's screen is expansive, the cropped iMovie pane made for a cramped workspace, especially troublesome for video editing software with a user interface heavily reliant on touch input. Attempting to trim clips, applying filters and effects, and performing multitouch gestures were all made more difficult due to the constrained screen real estate.

Thanks to today's update, however, users can shoot, edit and share up to 4K video directly on iPhone X, taking full advantage of the edge-to-edge display throughout the entire process.

In addition to iPhone X screen support, iMovie now integrates Apple's Metal API for fast, efficient graphics processing. Also included are localization improvements for Simplified Chinese language assets and general stability enhancements.

Apple's iMovie update comes on the heels of the latest Final Cut Pro release, which earlier this week introduced a few new features including ProRes RAW support and closed captioning options.

iMovie version 2.2.5 is a free 707.1MB download from the iOS App Store.