It’s looking like iPhoto ’12 will be released for the Mac sometime this summer, taking a lot of cues from the recently revamped iOS version of the app. Expectations are that the new version of the image editing software will come complete with retouching functions and easy transfer of photos between any devices that are running iPhoto. It would also make sense that the new version would move to iCloud support, away from the currently available MobileMe publishing options.
Without an upgrade since 2010, chances are good that the new version of the app will requite OSX Lion (if not OSX Mountain Lion, also due to be released this summer), representing yet another deprecation for OSX Snow Leopard. The new version of iPhoto for iOS was release along with the third generation of the iPad in March of this year and contained a considerable number of new and improved features (including a full-screen mode, Facebook enhancements, email and slideshow functions, along with being able to create books and letterpress cards) that many described as actually being a reinvention of the software more than an upgrade.
The rumor comes to us courtesy of the Dutch Apple Weetjes site, a source that has proven itself to be reliable in the past. If they are correct, it won’t just be iPhoto but the entire iLife suite may be in for an extensive upgrade.
An evolution of the Mac version of iOS makes perfect sense, with Apple reporting to have sold over a million copies of their updated photo app within the first 10 days post-release. Combine this with the apparent move toward consolidation of software between various Mac platforms and devices and the rumor seems quite likely to be true.
All new Mac computers come bundled with iPhoto (along with iMovie and GarageBand) while existing users can purchase them for $14.99 from the Mac App Store.