iMovie for iOS updated to support 4K video and 3D Touch

BY Evan Selleck

Published 16 Sep 2015

iMovie for iOS

Apple may have just sent out a major new mobile OS release, but that’s not stopping the company from launching a brand new update for another one of its products.

On Wednesday, September 16, Apple sent out an update for its iPhone video editing app iMovie. With the update it pushes the app to version 2.2, which is actually a relatively large update considering the new features Apple added to the mix. Specifically, the new app is now compatible with the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus (and iPad Pro), which are set to launch on September 25, thanks to new feature support.

One of the new bullet points for the new iPhones is 4K video recording, so it’s fitting that iMovie now supports the format as well. That means that 4K videos can be edited within iMovie when the new iPhones launch. There is a new Quick Action option that will appear thanks to 3D Touch support as well, which will let users start a new movie right from the Home screen.

With the update, iMovie on the iPad Pro will allow the editing of multiple 4K videos at once. A new “enhanced” interface is present on the iPad Pro as well.

Here’s the full changelog courtesy of Apple:

What’s New in Version 2.2
• Create and share movies at stunning 4K resolution (3840 x 2160) on compatible iOS devices *
• Create and share movies with 1080p HD video at 60 frames per second for smoother, more true-to-life action
• Use 3D Touch on iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus to quickly start a new movie right from the Home Screen
• Desktop-class performance on iPad Pro with the ability to edit multiple streams of 4K video and use shortcuts with the Smart Keyboard
• Enhanced interface on iPad Pro with full-height Media Browser and pixel-for-pixel 1080 HD Viewer
• Connect a keyboard and use simple shortcuts to edit movies quickly
• Option to hide Media Browser while editing a movie
• Option to disable Ken Burns animation on a photo
• Redesigned Project Details view lets you watch movies and trailers before opening them
• Redesigned Video view lets you see more of your library while browsing videos and photos on iPad
• Improved Inspector controls with easy-to-read text labels on iPad
• Support for Slide Over and Split View when multitasking with the iMovie Extension for Photos
• Redesigned Audio browser in the iMovie Extension lets you easily browse and hear music
• Performance and stability improvements
• Support for Canadian French, Hindi, and Traditional Chinese (Hong Kong)

* 4K support is available on iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, and iPad Pro