Apple’s iLife ‘09 suite updates the company’s ‘fun’ suite of applications, including iPhoto, iMovie, GarageBand, iWeb and iDVD. New additions include facial and geotagging photos, star lessons in Garageband and a reworked iMovie interface that’s easier to use.
Pros: The new facial recognition feature in iPhoto is surprisingly addictive. Garageband is well suited now to experts (who will love the flexibility) and novices alike.
Cons: iPhoto’s GPS recognition is less compelling, unless you like lots of flags of all the photos you’ve taken around your house. Some parts of the suite, most notably iDVD, have barely changed.
Verdict: A decent upgrade, but not compelling enough to make it a ‘can’t-miss’.