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Archived - About updating iPhoto, iMovie, and GarageBand

By default, iPhoto, iMovie, and GarageBand automatically notify you when software updates are available.

If you purchased these apps in the Mac App Store, or if they were preinstalled on your computer along with OS X Lion, an update notification is displayed on the App Store icon in the Dock.

If you installed them from the iLife ʼ11 DVD, or if they were preinstalled on your computer along with OS X 10.6.8 or earlier, the apps periodically check for updates when you open them and notify you if an update is available.

You can also check for updates manually.

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To check for updates manually in the Mac App Store

Use this method if you purchased the apps in the Mac App Store, or if they and OS X Lion or later were preinstalled.

  • Open the Mac App Store and click Updates in the toolbar. If an app update is available, it appears in the Mac App Store window.

To check for updates manually using Software Update

Use this method if you installed the apps from the iLife ʼ11 DVD, or if they and OS X 10.6.8 or earlier were preinstalled.

  • Choose Apple Menu > Software Update.

If an app update is available, it appears in the Software Update window.

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Note: If you purchased the apps in the Mac App Store, or if they were preinstalled on your computer along with OS X Lion, updates donʼt appear in Software Update. Check for updates in the Mac App Store.

Last Modified: May 29, 2014
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