Apple's next iPhone to feature iMovie application?

A big feature of Apple's (supposed) upcoming iPhone is movie recording, and many suspect movie editing to come with this. This editing feature has been laying low in Rumortown lately, but it's reared its ugly head once more, in the form of a BusinessWeek article. The subject? Apparently, an application based on Mac OS X's iMovie will come bundled with the iPhone OS 3.0 release, coming this Summer.

The article states that, "I've spoken with a source that is familiar with Apple's plans for the next iPhone, which may well be announced at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference in early June. Evidently, shooting video is as easy as it is with a Flip, the ingenious device made by Pure Digital (recently purchased by Cisco). Then there's an iMovie app that lets you quickly save the sections you want, right there on the phone itself. There may also be support for MMS, so the clips can be shared wirelessly with friends. And because of the iPhone's relatively large screen, your friends don't have to schlep to your PC or their Facebook page to see that video of your kids or your safari. Just hand them your iPhone." This is a very promising prospect, and would help silence the critics of Apple's mobile device, and at the same time would provide an easier way for the many users of YouTube (or other websites) to upload their videos.

As usual, this is just a rumor, but June isn't that far away now, so expect the rumors to pick up and the hype to build, and at the same time some more credible information to come out. What do you think Neowin? With all the changes that Apple has made to the iPhone so far (via the 3.0 software), is this going to change your opinion on it, or will this make no difference to you?

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I have an iPhone, and was greatly suprised that it lacked video recording and an MMS option. There are ways around it, such as email and 3rd party video software, but they are a pain to use and are not polished.

I get alot of lag and slowdowns using safari to read sites like neowin.... I'm kinda weary as to how well this little app will work.

Are you joking?

Are you commenting on your own experience of video on iPhone because I must say it varies hugely to mine...

I've crunched DVD's down onto mine - the picture quality is superb and playback is perfect. I've also streamed media off BBC iPlayer and that works brilliantly as well, not to mention YouTube, etc.

I'd imagine that the iPhone would be more than capable of manipulating and editing video captured from the onboard camera if it's able to play relatively high quality stuff which was copied onto it?

dhan said,
iPhone barely manages to play video...editing it? Oh my...

The iPhone plays video silky smooth. My guess is someone was showing you a YouTube video on their iPhone in an area with bad service or posible EDGE service and the video was choping because the datastream wasn't keeping up.

Anyways, hardware assisted video playback is much different then video editing and encoding. It takes a lot more processing power to do editing and encoding. My guess is if video editing comes it will simply let you trim the beginning and then end of the video. If it does more then that then it will not come to the iPhone 3G, it will come only to a the iPhone with additional hardware.

I watched gadget shop a program in the uk and they said the reason why it doesn't play video is because the chip used for the camera was so crap it couldn't physically do it, that was for the 1st gen iphone though dunno what the chip is like in the 3g but if it's just as rubbish that'll be why it don't do video

I should be more clear video playback as in play back of movies is excellt apparently it can playback hd I think cus of the h.264 decoder and think that's hd and editing films you should be able do but capturing video through the iPhones camera isn't really possible unless they've updated the chip usedfor it since the 1st gen iPhone.

To the person experiencing choppy video maybe thereisnt much memory left to play it well

Actually, folks, while this may have some use on the iPhone, I would suspect that this is actually a killer application for the OTHER device that will be running the iPhone 3.0 OS later this year...wink wink, nudge nudge.

Video on the iPhone is definitely the way to go! Most folk would love to take video of various things but either don't have a camcorder or if they do can't carry it round with them. An mobile that shoots video is so much more spontaneous.

If anyone can get this right ts Apple.

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