I’ve heard from reliable sources that Apple will offer a significant update to iMovie at next week’s Macworld. It will largely focus on Internet video in the Cloud for the YouTube generation.
I’ve heard that iMovie will largely (if not entirely) be a Web Application and Apple would offer its users to “upload your movies to us and edit them there.”
There are currently a few online applications that let you do video editing currently. Google’s Youtube is also adding rudimentary editing features.
I am not certain if this means that iMovie is now entirely a Web Application or if Apple is offering a “Cloud” component to its iMovie application.
iMovie in the Cloud would also offer users the ability to easily view their movies on iPod Touches or iPhones. If the application is entirely Web based, it means that potential customers include the “other 90%” of users who use Windows.
While the YouTube generation has largely embraced Web apps, more “seasoned” users have largely been critical of the format, decrying the inability to use them while in a plane, or anywhere else that there is not Internet. Apple’s MobileMe rollout (blackout?) fiasco has also caused some jitters in the Apple community to the Cloud platform.
Steve Jobs issued a company-wide email after the failed release in which he said:
The MobileMe launch clearly demonstrates that we have more to learn about Internet services. And learn we will. The vision of MobileMe is both exciting and ambitious, and we will press on to make it a service we are all proud of by the end of this year.
Thankfully a lot of new technologies have sprouted up that will facilitate offline access as well. Apple’s Sproutcore is in its infancy but seems to indicate that it will allow to move its core applications into the Cloud.