Apple has issued a major update to iMovie on the iPhone and iPad that makes it easier to create and share a finished movie.
“iMovie has empowered millions of people around the world to create and share their stories through video,” Apple vice president Bob Borchers says. “This latest version of iMovie, featuring Storyboards and Magic Movie, simplifies video creation even further, and we think it will continue to inspire the next wave of video creators to dive in and get started.”
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iMovie 3.0 for iPhone and iPad adds the following two major new features:
Storyboards. Positioned as a simpler alternative to the usual iMovie timeline, Storyboards provides 20 different templates for popular video types like cooking tutorials, Q&As, product reviews, news reports, and more, so you can get started more quickly. Each includes a shot list, an illustrative thumbnail, and tips, and you can, of course, add, reorder, and delete shots from a storyboard as needed.
Magic Movie. This feature creates custom videos with titles, transitions, and music with just a few taps. To do so, you just select an album or group of photos from your library. Then, you can rearrange or delete clips using a simplified Magic Movie shot list, or edit the project further by adding styles.
Completed Storyboard videos and Magic Movies can be shared through Messages, Mail, and across social media platforms, Apple says.
Storyboards and Magic Movie arrive as part of iMovie 3.0, which is available today as a free update for iPhones (iOS 15.2 or later) and iPads (iPadOS 15.2 or later).