|Initial release||January 7, 2003|
|Stable release||iLife '11 / October 20, 2010|
|Operating system||iOS & Mac OS X|
|Platform||ARM & Intel (iLife v1-'09 compatible with PPC)|
|Website||Apple - iLife|
iLife is a suite of software applications for Mac OS X developed by Apple Inc. for organizing, editing, and publishing photos, movies, and music. The suite includes five applications: iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD, GarageBand, and iWeb.
The most recent version, iLife '11, was publicly announced on October 20, 2010 at the Back to the Mac event held by Apple. The suite is available as a standalone product and is included with all new consumer Macintosh computers.
iMovie is the oldest of the applications included with iLife. It was marketed by Apple as an easy-to-use video editing application that allowed novice users to quickly create professional-quality movies. The first version of the software was released in October 1999 and bundled with the iMac DV. On April 28, 2000, Apple began allowing users to download iMovie free of charge from its website. iMovie remained free until 2003, when it became part of the first iLife release, which was sold for $49. Apple continued to update and develop the existing iMovie software until the release of iLife '08 in 2007, when a new version, iMovie '08, was released. iMovie '08 was completely rewritten as a new application and introduced significant changes to the user interface.
iPhoto was the second application in iLife that began as a free application available for download from Apple's website. The first version was announced at the Macworld Conference & Expo in 2002. It was billed as being the "missing link" in photography. In addition to allowing users to import, organize, and perform basic edits on their photos, iPhoto also let users print photos in a variety of ways, including as a bound book. Subsequent versions of iPhoto have added a number of features, including automatic organization by events, faces (using facial recognition technology), and places. iPhoto also includes a full-screen editing mode and a feature called "Photocasting" (a way to share photos with others directly from within iPhoto).
iDVD was first announced on January 9, 2001. It was bundled with the Power Mac G4, the first Mac model with a SuperDrive that could read and write both CDs and DVDs. The first version of iDVD introduced a simple way to design customized DVDs with menus, backdrops, slideshows and home movies that could be played back on most DVD players. iDVD was never released as a download. Instead, it was bundled with the first version of iLife (released in 2003), and is currently included with all new consumer Mac computers.
The remaining two applications in the iLife suite were first introduced as part of iLife '04 and iLife '06, respectively. Released in 2004, the first version of GarageBand was designed as an easy way for both beginner and advanced musicians to create and edit music on their computers. iWeb was introduced at the Macworld Conference & Expo on January 10, 2006 and was promoted as a way for Mac users to create their own professionally-designed websites without having to know or write HTML or any other code.
Releases and history 
|iLife||Macworld Conference & Expo on January 3, 2003||$49||10.1||PowerPC||2||3||3||3||–||–|
|iLife '04||Macworld Conference & Expo on January 6, 2004||$49||10.2.6||PowerPC||4||4.2||4||4||1||–|
|iLife '05||Macworld Conference & Expo on January 11, 2005||$79||10.3.4||PowerPC||5||4.7.1||HD 5||5||2||–|
|iLife '06||Macworld Conference & Expo on January 10, 2006||$79||10.4.3||Universal||6||6.0.2||HD 6||6||3||1|
|iLife '08||Special Summer event on August 7, 2007||$79||10.4.9||Universal||7.0||–||7.0||7.0||4.0||2.0|
|iLife '09||Macworld Conference & Expo on January 6, 2009 (Press Release)||$79||10.5.6||Universal||8.0||–||8.0||7.0.3||5.0||3.0|
|iLife '11||Apple Special Event on October 20, 2010 (Press Release)||$49||10.7.5||Intel||9.0||–||9.0||7.1||6.0||3.0.2|
Notes about specific releases:
- iLife '06: This was the last release to include iTunes. It now comes with every Mac computer and account, as well as every Apple device (i.e. iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, Apple TV).
- iLife '08: This release included a completely reprogrammed iMovie with a new user interface which omitted some of the features of the previous version. In response to criticism, Apple released iMovie HD 6 as a free download to anyone who purchased this version of iLife.
- iLife '09: With this release of iLife the free download of iMovie HD 6 was discontinued.
- iLife '11: Power PC Macs are not compatible with iLife '11. Although iLife '11 originally supported Snow Leopard, the latest updates to iPhoto and iMovie require Mountain Lion.
iPhoto is an application that allows users to store, view, edit, and share their digital photos. Users can organize their photos in a number of ways. Events automatically groups photos taken around the same time. Faces uses facial recognition to identify photos containing faces, which can then be tagged by users and sorted according to who is in the photo. Places takes advantage of geotagging technology. Many cameras today embed metadata into their digital photos containing information about the location where the photo was taken. Places allows users to browse and see their photos on a map. iPhoto includes tools to crop photos, reduce red-eye, add effects such as sepia and black and white, and to adjust the exposure, saturation, contrast and black and white balance of photos. In addition, users can have their photos printed, create books (hard bound copies of which can be ordered), calendars and greetings cards.
iMovie is a digital video editor. The process of film capture by a digital camera via FireWire is automated, with iMovie allowing users to split up their videos, add titles and special effects, and reorganize them into movies. It is also compatible with MPEG 4 cameras, AVCHD camcorders, HDV cameras, and Apple's iSight webcams. Photographs may also be used, and a soundtrack may be added using tracks from the user's iTunes music library. These can then be exported into a variety of viewable formats, including the .mov format used by Apple's QuickTime Player.
iDVD integrates with iMovie to allow the burning of movies onto a DVD. iDVD allows the user to customize their DVD with custom menus based on themes (many of which make use of the content of the movies) and custom chapter points. It contains the MPEG-2 encoder functionality needed to produce DVD-compatible content. Each new version added more menu themes. In iLife '09 and iLife '11, iDVD was not updated (with the exception of a few bug fixes). There is no support for Blu-ray disc burning in the current version of iDVD. As of July 20, 2011 iDVD is no longer included in new Apple computers and no longer for sale.
GarageBand is a music and podcast creation application that includes over 1,000 pre-recorded audio loops for use in projects. The program also supports software instruments and importation from real instruments, such as guitars and keyboards. GarageBand 5.0, included with iLife '09, introduces the ability for the user to purchase pre-recorded instrument lessons created by famous artists.
iWeb, released at the Macworld Conference & Expo on January 10, 2006, provides the ability to easily turn content from the other iLife applications into websites using Apple-designed templates with one-click uploading to Apple's MobileMe sharing service. iWeb also allowed users to create links to their own podcasts and photocasts from the webpage. iWeb is the latest addition to the iLife suite. It was discontinued in June 2011, and is no longer bundled with new Macs. As of July 20, 2011 iWeb is no longer included in new Apple computers and no longer for sale.
MobileMe Web Gallery 
MobileMe Web Gallery was a feature designed for easy photo sharing from directly within the iLife suite. It allowed users to create events or photo albums using the Web Gallery feature of their MobileMe account, and permitted visitors to a user's Gallery to view the photos. As of July 1, 2012 MobileMe and its Gallery ceased to exist.
See also 
- iWork – Apple-exclusive productivity suite
- MobileMe – an former online service integrated with some iLife features
- List of Macintosh software
- iLife System Requirements
- Apple Offers iMovie as Free Download for PowerBook and Power Mac G4 Users
- Apple Introduces iLife '08
- Apple Introduces iPhoto
- Apple Introduces iLife '09
- Apple Announces iLife '06
- Apple Brings DVD Authoring to the Desktop with iDVD and DVD Studio Pro
- Macworld | Apple Mac Event – Live Update
- Apple – iMovie – Edit and enhance your movies with new features
- Apple – iDVD – Create DVDs of your movies and photo slideshows
- Apple – iWeb – Create your own website on a Mac