iMovie has a great map feature that lets you demonstrate starting and ending locations on an animated map. You can choose your locations, and iMovie produces a travel scene reminiscent of the map animations in ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’.

Apple says there are lots of other features to help make your movies look professional that they didn’t have time to announce.

GarageBand 09: Much to the audience’s surprise, the first feature announced was a ‘learn to play’ a musical instrument. The interface includes an instructor and view of the instrument that you’re learning. A guitar and piano were demonstrated. Nine instruments are included free.

Also, there are ‘guest instructors’ that will teach you how to play their songs. Big names include:

  • John Fogerty – Proud Mary
  • Patrick Stump – Fallout Boy
  • Sting – Roxanne
  • Sarah McLachlan – AngelNorah Jones – Thinking about You

The celebrity instructors looked very fun and interesting, and the John Fogerty clip shed light on John’s personality and some fascinating history around his music. The celeb instructors certainly raised many cheers from the crowd!

New versions of iWeb and iDVD are included as well.

Price and availability

iLife 09 will go on sale in late January, with an RRP of $129. A Family version (multiple licenses) for the US was announced, for $US99, but there is no information on this for Australia at the time of writing.

The iLife Up-To-Date upgrade package is available to all customers who purchased a qualifying new Mac system from Apple or an Apple Authorised Reseller on or after January 6, 2009 for a shipping and handling fee of $16.95 (RRP including GST).