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System requirements for Apple's iLife '11

Apple has published the new hardware requirements so people can run the latest software enhancements.

With Apple's release of iLife '11, new hardware requirements have been published so that people can run the latest software enhancements. Keep in mind that these are the minimum specifications required to run the new iLife '11 and better hardware will ensure smoother operation.

As with all of Apple's new software, iLife '11 requires a Mac with an Intel processor. iLife '11 is also only compatible with Mac OS X 10.6.3 or newer (the current version is 10.6.4). Your machine must also have at least 1GB RAM and about 5GB of available disk space (though it is recommended that users retain at least 10 percent of their hard drive space and leave it open).

A DVD drive is required for installation, and users must have a minimum screen resolution of 1,280 x 768 pixels.

Some features of iLife '11 require greater minimum specifications. GarageBand "Learn to Play" requires a Mac with an Intel Core 2 Duo or better processor. 24-bit recording in GarageBand requires a 24-bit audio interface that works with Mac OS X.

AVCHD video in iMovie also requires an Intel Core 2 Duo or better processor. A list of compatible digital video cameras can be found here.

Third-party features and services require additional components such as an Internet connection, a MobileMe subscription ($99/year), or are available in limited capacities. iPhoto printed products are only available in the U.S., Canada, Japan, and a few countries in Europe and Southeast Asia.

For complete information on the system requirements of iLife '11, check out this Apple kb article. To purchase iLife '11, visit the product page at