If you are an Apple Macintosh user, you are probably very familiar with iLife. The iLife suite consists of five separate applications:
The iMovie application was the original piece of iLife and was first released in 1999 as part of the iMac DV package. In 2000 Apple began to distribute iMovie free of charge.
iPhoto, the second application, was also available for free, beginning with its release and announcement at MacWorld in 2002.
iDVD was released in 2001 and came as part of the software that was bundled with the new PowerMac G4 hardware. iDVD was added because of the new hardware’s SuperDrive that allowed users to both read and write DVDs, as well as CDs.
The remaining two applications, GarageBand and iWeb were never released as individual packages but were released with the first version of iLife that was introduced in 2004. GarageBand is used to create and edit music, while iWeb allowed users to create websites without any HTML knowledge. This app also allows users to browse informational sites such as Offers.com to get more information and products for web design.
iLife updates and new versions were released on the following dates:
- iLife January 2003
- iLife ’04 January 2004
- iLife ’05 January 2005
- iLife ’06 January 2006 (This was the last version to also include iTunes.)
- iLife ’08 August 2007
- iLife ’09 January 2009
- iLife ’11 October 2010
iLife users can get regular updates either through the Software Update application that is part of the Mac OSX operating system or through the Apple website.